Ministry of Education Distributes Free Reading Books

Head of the Ministry of Education and Culture Language and Book Agency, Dadang Sunendar. (Photo: Aliya/MINA)

Jakarta, MINA – Language and Bookkeeping Agency of Education and Culture Ministry (Kemendikbud) works with National Library and Indonesian Publishers Association (IKAPI) hold a free books sharing program with theme “Fun Reading Books” which takes place at five points place of departure for travelers.

“This homecoming is the first time we do for collaboration with IKPI, National Library, and of course Ministry of Education and Culture’s Book and Language Development,” said Head of Language and Bookkeeping Agency, Dadang Sunendar while reviewing the distribution of free reading books at Gambir Train Station, Jakarta Center, Monday.

The distribution was held for three days, May 27-29 2019, in five locations in Jakarta, namely Gambir Station, Senen Station, Kampung Rambutan Bus Terminal, Kalideres Bus Terminal, and Pulo Gebang Bus Terminal.

“We distributed free reading books at the center or departure points of travelers, with the hope that travelers will get entertainment by reading books during the trip to their hometown,” he said.

In these locations, around 1,000 books distributed to travelers. The books are donations from Directorate of PAUD Development, Early Childhood Education and Community Education as many as 500 books. It was not only books, the directorate also provided around 500 CDs of Nusantara songs.

In addition, National Library donated around 1,500 books, and publishers who were members of IKAPI such as Gramedia, Intan Pariwara, Mizan, Erlangga, Amalia, etc.

“Today is the first day of sharing free books for travelers. We hope to have a positive impact and continue to do it in the coming year, “hoped Dadang.

In addition, on the same occasion, Chairman of IKAPI, Rosidayati Rozalina, said the free reading books program was a very positive activity in supporting the National Literacy Movement as well as commemorating National Book Day held on May 17.

“This activity is very supportive of literacy movement. It can encourage books to spread to remote areas, “said Rosidayati.

She hoped that in the coming year more free reading books will be distributed to public through the current homecoming moments. “Next year we will make it more mature and more books will be distributed to travelers,” she added. (TL/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)