Address:
Kamal Village, Arjasa District

City:
Jember

Province:
Jawa Timur

Month Opened:
Mei 2017

Kamal Village is a village with various tourism potentials with the existence of pre-historic sites. A pre-historic rock called Watu Kenong is the main attraction and best for a pleasurable trip. Kamal Village has 5 hamlets, namely, Klanceng Hamlet, Krajan Hamlet, Duplang Hamlet, Koplang Hamlet, and Gumitir Hamlet. Each hamlet is led by a Chief who also acts as an assistant of the Village Chief. Approximately 1,499 households currently live in this village, of whom 950 children ages 0 to 9 years old. The potential of this village, in terms of Economy and Education, is infinite. 80% of the total population work as farmers and around 48% of the population aged 10 and above are still illiterate.

The Madurese culture in Kamal Village is one of the reasons. Unusual activities (out of habit) are considered useless, coupled with the large number of villagers of productive age who do not have stable jobs which often leads to juvenile delinquency. Changing all those things is not an easy task, but it is not an impossible thing to do. Taman Baca Inovator can be one of the solutions by encouraging reading habits and providing positive activities for the children.

Pak Kusno also paid attention to this matter. Being one of the many residents of the village, he had the opportunity to study up to the tertiary level and later became an informal teacher at SD Kranjingan Kamal. He has a vision that children should be free to develop their knowledge and curiosity during their learning process. In his opinion, most children feel insecure and bashful to communicate with new people. With strong willingness and enthusiasm, Pak Kusno and his wife opened Taman Baca Inovator Pytagoras in their place.

Taman Baca Inovator Pytagoras was established in May 2017, inside a 3×4 meters sized room at Pak Kusno’s house. Equipped with 200 copies of high-quality children’s books and a few general books, this TBI is expected to be able to cultivate the children’s reading habits and ultimately improve their education along the way.

Taman Baca Inovator Pytagoras has been assisted by Taman Baca Inovator head office team for approximately three years. There have been many literacy activities carried out at this reading garden such as reading, writing, arithmetic, and other literacy activities. On August 7, 2020, the Taman Baca Inovator head office team had an exit to this reading garden. Meaning that the Taman Baca Inovator Pytagoras has become an independent Taman Baca Inovator and is expected to continue the literacy activities on their own without being assisted by the TBI head office team.

Pak Kusno, who is a staff of Taman Baca Inovator Pytagoras, has a high enthusiasm for spreading literacy activities in his immediate vicinity. Given that the Taman Baca Inovator Pytagoras is located in his house, he usually brings books to several places with the hope that children can keep reading and doing literacy activities.

The presence of Taman Baca Inovator Pytagoras has quite an impact here. A lot of children spend their time playing at taman baca even though they are only reading or coloring. Moreover, primary school children between 1st-3rd grade usually come to review the materials they have learned in school and to improve how to read letters. Not only that, the synergy between taman baca and its staff (Pak Kusno) is excellent. Pak Kusno is a teacher who also volunteers to teach English to the children in the village. He has an important role that adds a big impact to the Taman Baca Inovator Pytagoras’s existence. He hopes that the children who live near taman baca will possess a good level of intelligence and thinking.

Pak Kusno said “although the children who used to play in taman baca now rarely come to visit as they grow older and have gradually reached maturity, as well as their way of thinking, have changed from the first time they came to taman baca. But at Taman Baca Pytagoras, there are still a lot of new children who will later become children full of quality who still need to be improved their literacy awareness from generation to generation.