Taman Baca Inovator has a big dream of improving Indonesia’s education quality through improved reading interest by providing access to books for Indonesian children. It may sound too theoretical, but to put it simply, it wants to see parents accompanying their children to come to Taman Baca library; parents reading books to their children; and children who beg their parents for books instead of toys.
Developing Indonesia’s education, especially its reading interest, is a long process that we have to journey together. The long process could actually start with some small steps, starting from our own family. A father could start reading story books to his children before bed, a mother could accompany her children reading every afternoon at the porch, and siblings could start discussing books after dinner. So many things could be done at home to realize the big dream for Indonesia’s education.
However, family cannot develop children reading interest alone. School and society also play a big role to shape children’s reading interest. A teacher could ask her students about what books they are reading this week or we could lend books to our neighbors and vice versa. Education is not only school or parents’ responsibility, improving education is our job and responsibility too and we could start making a difference by doing the simple steps above.
As for Taman Baca Inovator, we wait at the school gate to encourage the young generation to visit Taman Baca library and have daily discussions with parents to talk about their children’s values and reading habit development. Those steps might seem small, but those are the small steps that we could take every day to improve Indonesia’s education quality.
What small steps have you taken today for Indonesia’s education?