BOOKS, LIBRARIES, AND THE WORLD

BOOKS, LIBRARIES, AND THE WORLD

BOOKS, LIBRARIES, AND THE WORLD


The world is vast and hence many things escape our attention. Many changes occur without us even realizing. The world is changing rapidly. Only people who are able to follow these changes can survive. How do we catch up, then? How can we update our knowledge with the latest information? The answer lies in books. Through books, we can find out about what happened in the past. Through books, we can understand the challenges of the future. Through books, we can know the current information. Books teach us many things. If you want to know the world, you can start by reading books.

However, it is a common knowledge that Indonesia is currently under a concerning situation in terms of its reading interest. According to research, Indonesia’s literacy culture was ranked 64th out of 65 respondent countries. An indicator used in the research was a person’s ability to understand, use, and reflect on reading material. Indonesia’s reading interest sat at 1%, meaning that only 1 person out of 1000 persons had the desire to read.

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There are many factors that can contribute to low reading interest. One of the factors could be the lack of access to quality reading materials in remote areas. Children in the areas may have high reading interest and higher motivation to study compared to other children in urban areas, but they do not have adequate access or facilities.

Since 2014, Taman Baca Inovator (TBI) Foundation has been working hard to answer this problem by providing access to good quality reading materials to the children in remote areas. Today, TBI has reached many areas throughout the countries, such as Muara Enim, Musi Banyuasin, Ketapang, North Sulawesi, and several other places in Western Southeast Maluku Regency. Currently, 26 TBI libraries have been established and we hope to continue opening new libraries in other areas in need. Our objective is increasing the reading interest of Indonesian children, which will impact the country’s education and in turn will develop the country further. Hopefully, the steps that we take could inspire more parties to contribute to the development of Indonesia. Viva Literacy!

(Upan Tamrin)