5.9 Million People Still Illiterate

Koran Sindo, page 2

Ahead of the summit of the 51st International Literacy Day (HAI) Celebration to be held next 20 October 2016 in Palu, Southeast Sulawesi, the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemdikbud) reported a decrease in the illiteracy rate in Indonesia from 14.89 million people in 2005, to only 5.9 million persons today.

The Director General of Early Childhood Education and Community Education of Kemendikbud, Harris Iskandar said in Jakarta yesterday that one of the constraints  in illiteracy eradication in Indonesia is because they are  scattered in various remote locations thus it has been difficult to conduct mentoring.

Harris said efforts to eradicate illiteracy continue to be done by Indonesia through literacy programs run by Kemendikbud. Such programs include cooperation with state and private universities in a massive movement in effort to eradicate illiteracy. In addition, there are community empowerment programs such as community reading facilities (TBM) or the holding of literacy workshops that invite literary communities.

Harris explained that nationwide, East Java Province was still ranked the highest in total number of illiterates, i.e:  1.4 million people.   Jember is the regency with the most with 167,118 illiterates.

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