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20 Nov 2020

National Library Participates in Introducing PANCAMAIN throughout Indonesia

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - The Director of the National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando symbolically received the Pancamain which was launched by the Pancasila Ideology Development Agency (BPIP) at the National Library Auditorium on Friday (11/20). Pancamain is a means of learning to instil Pancasila values in the form of five traditional Indonesian folk games and sports. Syarif Bando emphasized that the National Library is ready to participate in introducing and civilizing Pancamain through National Library programs throughout Indonesia.

"The National Library is ready to participate in introducing Pancamain through our activity, namely the library roadshow. This activity is our effort to support the president's vision of improving the quality of human resources where one of the targets is children and students," he said.

Syarif further stated that the library is a bridge of knowledge between the past, present, and future. With the existence of Pancamain in the library, it will increase the choice of means of learning about Pancasila for the community. Given that Pancamain is presented in a contemporary way and in fun colours so that it is relevant to the current condition of children.

"With a variety of traditional games brought back through Pancamain by BPIP, it can become a new learning vehicle and means to ensure Indonesian children understand Pancasila and the history of the nation's journey. So that the original Indonesian culture is embedded in them so that the cultural roots are not uprooted," he added.

In line with it, the Head of BPIP Prof. Yudian Wahyudi revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic alienated children from their own culture. Besides that, it was also due to the clash of foreign cultures which had a wide impact on them during their infancy. Pancamain will increase people's choices to invite their children to play at home so they don't get bored easily during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"So, it is necessary to re-instil the values of Pancasila through our traditional games that have existed in Indonesia for a long time. Through Pancamain, Indonesian children are not easily carried away by cultural flows from outside, know their own identity, and return to a normal life," he said.

Pancamain which is a joint idea, a collaborative synergy between BPIP and the Indonesian Traditional Sports Games Community (KPOTI) supported by Ministry/Institution and traditional game communities is expected to be a joint product. Not only to learn Pancasila, Pancamain is expected to have an impact on strengthening the economy of the community, such as reviving the UMKN sector as a producer of Pancamain, and encourage tourism in the midst of a pandemic. BPIP is optimistic that the synergy from various parties, especially the government and the Pancamain community, can reach children throughout Indonesia.

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