Jakarta, MINA – State Secondary School (SMPN) 178 Jakarta held a School Literacy Movement on Tuesday, October 8 at the school.
The event was held in the main outdoor of the schoolyard which attended by about 750 students by performing Betawi regional dances and Story Telling.
The program entitled “Cross-Cultural Understanding: Literacy Education in Uzbekistan” presenting the speaker of the Second Secretary of Uzbekistan Embassy to Indonesia, Mr. Muzzaffar S. Abduazimov, and Ms. Nia S. Amira (Media Consultant and Management of Study of Islamic Countries ex-Uni Soviet).
The seminar itself was attended by 150 students and dozens of teachers, as well as invited guests from school and Indonesian Ulama Council partners. The movement is to build awareness of the importance of reading and writing habits among secondary school students.
The Principal of SMPN 178 Jakarta Erni Sasmita said the event includes four activities carried out in the classroom, field, and library, through media literacy, reading, writing, and culture.
The school has 826 students and 57 teachers and employees, aims to foster students’ character through the culture of the school literacy ecosystem to become lifelong learners.
As a speaker, Muzzaffar explained Uzbekistan as an old landmass in Central Asia that lives with many legends and literature with a fascinating view of medieval Islamic culture.
“Uzbekistan has become one of the most important religious tourism destinations because of one of the regions that have the largest Muslim civilization, such as the tombs of Imam Bukhari and Ibn Sina. There are around 700 monuments and architectural heritage that was existed in the Middle Ages, “he said.
In addition, Bukhara is the birthplace of Imam Bukhari, a variety of beautiful buildings that witnessed the development of Islamic civilization in the past. Furthermore, Khiva has a very distinctive Middle Eastern-style architecture with ancient city walls surrounding it.
Tashkent as the capital of Uzbekistan is an old city whose age has been for centuries. The city was once the location of a stop on the Silk Road trade route from Asia to Europe.
On that occasion, Nia S Amira, a writer, poet, and also a journalist conveyed a message to students that literacy is important in human life and writing is more important than reading because by writing someone can get various references for his writing material.
The literacy program is also published on Uzbekistan News TV Channel.
Amira, who was wearing an Uzbek dress that also called IKAT stressed the importance of critical thinking in literacy. Critical thinking is not criticizing but writing based on knowledge and experience.
As a speaker, Amira brought a paper about the beauty of the garden which was built by Sultan Babur Salam. Babur Gardens, located in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 11 hectares of land, were built by Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur, founder and first emperor of the Mughal Dynasty in India, a grandson of the founder of Uzbekistan, East Amir.
The park is the first garden he built when he arrived in cool Afghanistan 500 years ago. In addition to the Ottomans, the Mughal Dynasty recorded a magnificent architectural civilization in the history of the Islamic world.
Head of Jakarta Provincial Education Curriculum Section, Saryono appreciated the literacy movement that was held at SMPN 178 Jakarta.
“We appreciate this event. It discusses education literacy in friendly countries, especially Uzbekistan, which is an example of the literacy movement by other schools, “he said. (LT/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)