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16 Oct 2020

Digital Literacy for Millennial Webinar: Digital Literacy Very Important for Millennials  


Salemba, Jakarta - Industry 4.0 also indirectly gave birth to the millennial generation. A generation whose life cannot be separated from technology. Millennials in their activities will experience differences from previous generations. Provision of readiness to face revolution 4.0 for the millennial generation is literacy skills.

Nielsen Consumer and Media View (CMV) in the second quarter of 2016 conducted a survey in 11 cities in Indonesia concerning reading interest among millennials. At that time there were 17 thousand respondents (aged 10-17 years). The result is, it is surprising that reading interest of millennial generation (gen-Z) children is not more than 11%. They are most interested in sports and watching television.

The declining interest in reading was conveyed by member of DPR RI Commission X, Ledia Hanifa, firstly due to the absence of reading habits instilled by parents. Whereas the role of parents is very important to improve children's literacy skills.

"Some of them still underestimate reading activities. It's just a hobby, it hasn't become a habit,” explained Ledia at “Preparing Literacy Generation through Strengthening Reading Fondness of Millennial Era” Webinar held by National Library in collaboration with West Java Provincial Library and Archives Service, Friday (16/10).

Ledia continued that the decline in reading interest was also caused by lack of access to educational facilities. Even though in the midst of current pandemic condition, millennial generation is forced to learn in digital style with all its complexities and limitations.

And the last factor is lack of book production. This is triggered by the low royalties received, the incentives for book producers that are not fair that it impacts on the underdevelopment of publishers.

Commenting on Indonesia's millennial character, Ledia sees it as a generation who has high self-confidence and dares to express opinions in public, thinks out of the box, is rich in ideas, is easy to socialise, especially with its community, and is capable of mastering technology, especially on social media and the internet.

"For millennials, digital literacy skills are very important because it keeps them thinking creatively," added Ledia.

Meanwhile, West Java Provincial Reading Ambassador Salbia Salsabila Mulki understands that the task of getting people to get used to reading is difficult. For example, in academics environment, reading habits will only be carried out when you get college assignment.

"The term is the power of kepepet," joked Salsa.

Salsa believes that good literacy skills are not just reading and writing. Because if only these two factors are parameters, it is no wonder that hoaxes are easily accepted by the public.

The girl who is still in college, also suggested that to become a literate generation, the only way is to love reading. "A nation that has a high level of literacy will become a respected nation," added this sweet girl.

To prepare literacy generation, it is necessary to use literacy approach which millennials practice in everyday life, such as facilitating reading material that is in accordance with the times (relate), providing various and necessary reading materials, exposing various literacy actions from various parts of the country, and facilitating spaces for discussion room.

"Literacy will always be a solid foundation for life, even though it evolves in line with the times," said Salsa.

Another speaker, Head of West Java Provincial Library and Archives Service, Ahmad Hadadi, said that to produce a cultured human it is necessary to be literate. The effort performed by his party in order to realise Body dan Soul Champion HR, his party compiled three steps to build a literacy generation.

First, launching school literacy movement as an effort to foster student character. Second, appoint Duta Baca as a symbol of inspiration, especially for adolescents and children so that it gives the effect of pride and good image to library. And third, promoting West Java Leader's Reading Challenge programme in collaboration with The Crown in Right of the State of South Australia on education. The purpose of this programme is to improve students' reasoning power through reading fondness so as to foster positive characters for students.

"For the library's flagship programme in West Java, we have "Candil" which stands for Baca Dina Digital Library, a kind of digital book application, and "Makan Jengkol", which stands for Mari Antar Jemput Buku dengan Kolaborasi. "Makan Jengkol" programme is the result of cooperation between West Java Dispusipda and Grab application shuttle service provider," added Ahmad.




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