ILM Improvement Talk Show; Without Literacy, Skills are Hard to Possess
Samarinda, East Kalimantan - The government's intention to appoint Penajam Paser Utara and Kutai Kertanegara regencies in East Kalimantan Province as candidates for the new capital city should be accompanied by readiness of human resources. Human resources that is full of experts and skilled workers to support the prospective new capital city with a modern design in the middle of a forest (forest city), sophisticated, intelligent, and international classy. Thus, a serious synergy between the central and local governments is needed to increase the community literacy index.
"In fact, the readiness of human resources here (East Kalimantan, red) has not been seen significant," complained a member of the Commission X of DPR RI Hetifah Sjaefudin at the Community Literacy Index (ILM) Improvement Talk Show in Samarinda, Monday (11/23).
Therefore, Hetifah welcomes the concrete efforts of the National Library to develop literacy in Indonesia. Hetifah considers the readiness of experts and skilled workers to play an important role or a strategic position as a government or private apparatus.
"Even though the National Library's budget posture is not as big as other ministry/agency, they are able to maximize the use of the special allocation fund (DAK) to increase literacy," added Hetifah.
On the same occasion, the Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando said that the people of East Kalimantan must immediately clean up and get ready to face modernization, especially if the infrastructure preparations as a candidate for the capital city are completed in 2024.
Thus, the existence of library and literacy skills is absolutely necessary so that the people of East Kalimantan are ready to face global competition.
"Don't let local people just be spectators. Look, how many tankers loaded with coal were being transported out? Or forest products that are exploited on a large scale?” asked the Director of National Library in front of the audience.
This is where it is important for anyone to have skills. It doesn't have to be much, but if you practice it, the results will be much better. That is enough to provide provisions for competitiveness. The local community must be able to fill opportunity spaces in the new capital city with literacy skills.
Literacy skills are no longer limited to reading and writing but the ability to interpret, understand and analyze all information and knowledge gained from what is read. From there, then it gives birth to new ideas, innovations or creativities that have an impact on the ability to produce goods/services for the large community.
"The new capital city without literacy is like a space without content," explained the Director of National Library.
Apart from the two speakers, the community literacy index improvement talk show also presented the Governor's Expert Staff for Political and Security Affairs Wahyu Widi Heranata and representatives of the East Kalimantan Provincial Library and Archives Service Office Mustika Wati.