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26 Nov 2020

National Library Provides Pocadi Assistance for Tana Toraja Regency

Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi - The aspiration of Tana Toraja Regent Asrun Sahrun Said is simple, namely to make Tana Toraja as a representative tourist area like Bali province which has already been worldwide. Therefore, the people of Tana Toraja are asked to have broad knowledge and understand the potentials of the region. Reading is only one of the ways that can be maximized so that the people of Tana Toraja have a depth of literacy.

"I crave for Tana Toraja people who excel and go global so that success and progress must be a guide for other regions," said Asrun Sahrun Said at the event to increase the Community Literacy Index in Tana Toraja Regency, Thursday (11/26).

Well, natural resources are one of the potentials that anyone can maximize. So far, Indonesia has not enjoyed the richness of the country's natural resources due to its inability to process and create. The products of the earth's wealth are thoroughly explored, processed abroad and then returned again in the form of final products which are then consumed by the Indonesian people.

There is no other way to change it except by reading. Reading is not only open the horizon of thinking but stimulates curiosity so that a desire to do so arises. The creativity process is running. If this continues to be trained, innovations will be guaranteed.

"The weakness of our nation so far is the inability to properly utilize natural resources so that the fourth aspect of literacy, namely the ability to create goods/services, has not been optimally implemented," added the Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando.

Furthermore, the Director of National Library reminded that the younger generation is the determinant of the development success in the future. They are expected to be able to exploit the potential of natural resources wealth through a continuous process of creativity and innovation.

Meanwhile, member of the Commission X of DPR RI Eva Stevani Rataba admits the problem that Tana Toraja experiencing is the lack of reading materials that can be enjoyed. As a result, the process of creativity which is part of literacy development is also hampered. Therefore, she welcomed the National Library's intention to promote literacy understanding in Tana Toraja.

"Literacy is not only about able to read and write, but there is a continuous process of thinking to generate ideas and innovations that are beneficial to the public," said Eva.

On the same occasion, the Director of National Library handed over assistance in the form of a Digital Reading Corner (Pocadi) to Tana Toraja Regency government, which continued with the handover of grants for independent replication of library transformation based on social inclusion for welfare from the Head of the South Sulawesi Provincial Library and Archives Service Office to five villages in Tana Toraja Regency.

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