Recently, in Indonesia, we are again hearing that the country’s literacy is very low. This issue has been opened the public and hence literacy is again put in the spotlight. Many media have warned that Indonesia’s literacy rate is below average. Considering this, it is no wonder hoax can easily spread through social media.
Some of the facts above are certainly not easy issues to solve for Indonesia. To solve them, mutual cooperation is needed from various parties, as the results will not be optimal if there is only one party working on it. Various parties in the community must contribute to building a literacy culture in Indonesia. At school, the teachers play an important role. Through the teacher, children can be encouraged to frequent the school library more. We have to implement a good system so that the children could get a positive literacy atmosphere within the school environment.
Aside from school, parents’ role is no less important. Parents are the first and foremost example children see at home. If the parents are able to give an example of a good literacy culture, such as reading books for themselves or reading stories to children, the children will be impacted positively. In the era of technological and information development, the role of parents is getting stronger as parents must monitor their children’s use of gadgets. Because of the increasing number of electronic devices, so many children find it difficult to escape from their addiction of gadgets. Parents can actually encourage their children to read books as a way to balance children’s use of gadgets. In addition to the parents, the role of the government is also very much needed as regulations could certainly have a good impact on the development of literacy in Indonesia.
With increasing challenges, literacy must certainly be advanced by all the people in the community. It is not only about improving the literacy ranking but also spreading high reading interest throughout Indonesia. The improvement should not only be made through reading corners, libraries, or schools, but also through the involvement of parents, teachers, or even the government. Through collaboration and the contribution of various parties, it will be easier to improve literacy and create a positive impact and progress for Indonesia’s education. (Nurkholis Makki)