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17 Jun 2020

National Library and Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas Hold “Rise up from the Pandemic with Literacy” Webinar

Jakarta - National Library of Indonesia in collaboration with Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas will hold a webinar with the theme "Rise Up from the Pandemic with Literacy" on Wednesday, 17 June 2020 at 15.00 WIB. The webinar takes place via zoom teleconference application with a participant quota of up to 1,000 people.

The webinar focuses on discussing literacy issues in supporting socio-economic development during the pandemic with a keynote speech by Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas Suharso Monoarfa. A number of speakers will present certain subjects, such as Muhammad Syarif Bando (Director of National Library) with the theme: Library New Normality and Socio-Economic Recovery, Anies Baswedan (Governor of DKI Jakarta) with the theme: Literacy to Improve HR Quality and Welfare, Helmy Yahya (Media Practitioner) with the theme: Digital Literacy in New Normal, Suprawoto (Regent of Magetan, East Java) with the theme: Strengthening Regional Literacy to Overcome the Impact of Covid-19.

Syarif Bando stated that in the era of new normal, library plays a role in strengthening literacy so that it has an impact on socio-economic recovery. Libraries have become public spaces to share experiences, learn contextually, share experiences and practice skills and competence for the community. The role of literacy in realising a prosperous society has been carried out by libraries through social-inclusion based service transformation. In 2019, library programme as a place for community empowerment activities reached 21 provinces and 60 districts and 300 villages in Indonesia.

"Approaching new normal, library prepares a concept that is in tune with current conditions. In accordance with President's direction to formulate a new life order that supports work productivity, but still prioritises occupational health and safety factors, "said Syarif.

Meanwhile, Director of Higher Education, Science and Technology and Culture, Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, Hadiat stated that Covid-19 is a big threat for people's lives and it needs to be a common concern. Therefore, strengthening literacy culture is one of the efforts to rise from adversity. "This is important because literacy as a form of cognitive skills has a big role in the efforts to restore socio-economic aspect of the community after Covid-19," he said.

Literacy level determines community's ability to identify, understand, and interpret the obtained information to be transformed into productive activities that provide social, economic and welfare benefits.

Aspirations from various groups, from bureaucracy, academics, and literacy activists, are needed as input in the formulation of literacy improvement policy to support the new normality of libraries and socio-economic recovery during pandemic.

Literacy has an important role in improving Human Resources (HR) quality and the competitiveness of the nation. In RPJMN 2020-2024, human resource development is pursued through 3 (three) main pillars, namely: first, improving the quality of basic services and social protection; second, increasing productivity; and third, character building through mental revolution and fostering Pancasila ideology, promoting and preserving culture, religious moderation, as well as a culture of literacy, innovation, and creativity. RPJMN 2020-2024 places literacy at par with innovation and creativity as one of important pillars for realising an advanced and competitive Indonesian society. For this reason, literacy, innovation, and creativity need to be continuously developed in various fields of development.

Efforts to strengthen literacy continue to be carried out by the government, among others: first, social-inclusion based library transformation policies to increase community participation and involvement in various literacy-based empowerment activities; and second, physical Special Allocation Fund (DAK) policy to improve public library services quality in provinces and regencies-municipalities; third, encourage the use of village funds for development of village libraries and community reading parks as centres of knowledge and community empowerment; and fourth, expansion of reading activities in underdeveloped, frontier and outermost areas by involving literacy activists in the regions.


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