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17 Jun 2020

Governor of DKI Jakarta: Covid-19 Pandemic Improves Skills in Various Literacy Fields

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - Governor of DKI Jakarta Anies Baswedan stated that Covid-19 pandemic can expand community's ability in improving skills in various literacy fields. Limitation of community movement activities caused by Covid-19 pandemic provides many lessons for the community. This was conveyed by Governor of DKI Jakarta Anies Baswedan when he was a guest speaker in a webinar entitled "Rise Up from the Pandemic with Literacy" held by National Library in collaboration with Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 via video teleconference.

Governor Anies stated that literacy is not just reading and writing, but there are various kinds of literacy, namely ICT (Information and Communication Technology) literacy, financial literacy, and cultural and civic literacy. By understanding this, the ability to capture lifestyle changes during a pandemic will be better and insight will increase.

Mastering ICT literacy can be optimised for activities that produce work, and not merely being a consumer. "So, when talking about the use of technology, get beyond the territory, we have to reach the world in various languages easily accessible. Now, this is an opportunity for our generation, like when staying at home, many young people representing Indonesia reach the world," he explained.

Meanwhile, cultural and communal literacy (cultural and civic literacy) appears in the form of communal discipline, namely the implementation of health protocols such as maintaining safe distances in queues, wearing masks, and washing hands. "During the pandemic, the community is undergoing literacy utilisation and the government has a duty in public education. Transitional Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) is a period of education for people on new habits," he explained.

In addition, the community has also learned to face economic crisis conditions caused by Covid-19 pandemic. Through financial literacy, people learn to be tougher and stronger.

In his opinion, during Covid-19 pandemic, Indonesians experience collective vaccination of collective habits and behaviour. "New habit during the pandemic is a lesson. The new society that we will enter is a new society that fulfills three elements, namely healthy, safe, productive,” he explained.


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