Salemba, Jakarta - Is it true that Indonesian literacy is bad? If what is understood from literacy is only the ability to recognize letters, words and sentences, then that is not the right answer. Rather that literacy is actually the depth of someone's knowledge to create goods and services that can be used at a global competitive level.
Opening the webinar with theme "Indonesian Literacy, Is That Bad?" The Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando said that literacy has four levels, namely the ability of a person to have access to information sources, the ability to understand what is implied in the writting, the ability to express new ideas , theory, and innovations, and the ability to create goods and services that can be used in global competition.
It is common knowledge that Indonesia's natural resources are very diverse and abundant, but they cannot be fully utilized because of the limited ability of the Indonesian people in terms of mastery of technology to create goods and services. Therefore, improving the quality of human resources has become the focal point for the country's leaders this year. Fortunately, the door to improve the quality of human resources is the knowledge transfer by reading.
Anyone cannot directly judge that the literacy index of the Indonesian people is low before calculating the ratio of the book needs of the Indonesian people. In accordance with the standards set by UNESCO, each community must read three new books every year. In fact, in rural areas and even in border areas between countries, no new books were found.
"It's not fair to accuse people in border areas for not reading. It is more important to think about infrastructure and facilities in providing reading material than to question whether Indonesian literacy is bad or not,” continued Syarif Bando at the Literacy Webinar organized by Moco Academy, Tuesday (9/8).
Agreed with the explanation of the Director of the National Library of Indonesia about literacy, Literacy Activist Maman Suherman said that all levels of society must be able to work together to distribute reading materials to the regions. In addition, because now humans are in a digital era, they need internet access that can reach remote areas so that people can easily access reading materials online.
"The infrastructure for learning is not only classrooms but also internet access that is equally avarage, both in cities and in remote villages," explained Maman.
Meanwhile, according to Alma Dhea -one of the young writers- literacy is one way to express oneself and the environment that influences self-development. "Children who excel are more than just those who have many trophies or win the Olympics, but who have the ability to speak well," said Dhea.