If we take a look at the results of some researchers and surveys on literacy, Indonesia is clearly sitting in an uncomfortable position. This is not good news, especially for Indonesian education.
Therefore, the Government of Indonesia created some educational programs to improve literacy rate and reading interest in Indonesia. One of the massive programs with high publicity is the school literacy movement (Gerakan Literasi Sekolah or abbreviated as GLS). The movement involves schools to increase students’ reading interest by making the students read before starting their lessons.Apart from the GLS program, the government also attempts to improve literacy by providing free book deliveries to various areas in Indonesia. On the 17th of every month, the government in cooperation with Kantor Pos Indonesia (Indonesian Post Office) eliminates shipping cost for books all over Indonesia, especially to remote areas having difficulties to access quality books. This is good news for us as a Foundation that contributes to literacy. It is obvious that delivering thousands of books to various areas costs a lot and this program is really helpful for the donors willing to send their books to other people in remote areas that are in need of books.
In reality, the effort to increase reading interest in Indonesia cannot be done by one group, either it is the government, school, community, or even ourselves and other literacy communities. In order to improve literacy or education in Indonesia, we need a joint effort from various elements, just like the country’s philosophy of “gotong royong” or mutual collaboration. For the three years since the establishment of Taman Baca Inovator (TBI), we have conducted some collaborations, namely with formal institutions, other communities and with various volunteers in some areas of Indonesia. Up until today, TBI has collaborated with almost 100 organizations, including communities, corporations, educational organizations, government bodies and media.
Despite the high number of collaborations, we are not going to stop here. We will invite even more parties to collaborate to develop literacy for our country. For us, collaboration and applying gotong royong make it easier for us to develop this country through literacy. Therefore, we never tire to invite various elements of communities to collaborate with TBI, either as volunteers or partners in our effort of developing Taman Baca library in the areas of Indonesia. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s collaborate for the development of the country.