Media Indonesia, page 24
The Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has given priority literacy awards to 19 of 92 regencies/cities for their success in enhancing literacy or the reading culture of students. Kemendikbud expects that this appreciation will motivate Pemda to creatively and innovatively develop the literacy program.
General Directorate (Dirjen) of Primary and Secondary Education (Dikdasmen) Kemendikbud, Hamid Muhammad, announced the Priority Literacy Awards at Kemendikbud office Jakarta, yesterday (20/3). The event was attended by Director of USAID PRIORITAS project, Stuart Weston, Director of USAID, Peter Cronin, Director of Development for SD Wowon Widaryat, and a number of regents/mayors as well as heads of education agencies.
Hamid explained that Indonesia had intensified the literacy program in 2013 with program keaksaraan. At that time, around 12 million people were illiterate. By Permendikbud 2015, by which students spend 15 minutes before they study, as well as School Literacy Movement, literacy has increased.
One of the award recipients was Sidrap Regency, which took fourth place in the index of Indonesia literacy development. Secretary of Sidrap Region, Ruslan, said that the success of Sidrap is part of the teenagers’ move that provides space for society and students to read outside of school time and read in public places.
Meanwhile, the Regent of Tasikmalaya said that his authority is committed to releasing APBD 900 million rupiah. This is to enhance literacy in their society by training teachers and schools. In this way, Tasikmalaya seeks success with better grades at the provincial and national level.