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12 Nov 2019

Literacy Planting with Storytelling as an Educational Media

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - Indonesia's ancestors were readers, Indonesia has a very high reading culture. Reading is one way to not be extinct by time. This was conveyed by Director of the National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando when opening the program "Playing with Stories" in Theater Room on the second floor of National Library, Tuesday (11/12).

"We have to be library fighters, we cannot build libraries that are not good and not visited because of our performance to convince people that libraries are important. We are both fighting, convincing, encouraging and inviting people to believe that this world cannot be mastered, cannot be changed in the absence of knowledge and we must equally convince that there is only one knowledge transfer throughout the world, namely reading," he said.

This activity is an effort to plant literacy culture from an early age that uses fairy tales as a medium of creative education and adds insight. Attended by local and international speakers such as international storytellers Margaret Read MacDonald and Alton Takiyama Chung, founder of Children's Reading Lovers Group (KPBA) Murti Bunanta, illustrator of children's story books Mira Widhayati and writer/literacy activist Galuh Larasati.

"Storytelling is to give advice by telling stories without coercion, we share good morals and beliefs," Murti Bunanta said. She also added that this activity was held to make everyone believe that anyone can tell stories.

One of the international storytellers, Alton Takiyama Chung, also gave some tips to become a good storyteller by making eye contact as if the story was specifically told to the audience.

Storytelling is an effective way to generate interest in reading for people from an early age, the speakers also invited public to apply the knowledge gained from this activity.

At the end of the activity, Murti and Margareth gave their work in the form of books to National Library represented by Deni Kurniadi as the Head of Library Development Centre and Reading Interest Study.

Reporter: Desriana Dwiyanti / Astried Merdekawati

Photographer: Raden Radityo

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