The Jakarta Post
The firm is cooperating with members of community libraries all over Indonesia to ensure the donated books are given to the right people. (Shutterstock/File)
State-owned postal service firm PT Pos Indonesia is encouraging the public to donate books through its postal service as part of celebrations for National Book Day, which coincides with the first anniversary of its book donation program, on Thursday.
National Book Day falls on May 17, while the program is held on the 17th day of every month.
"Last year, Indonesia's literacy rate out of 68 countries was far from satisfying as we were ranked 64th. Hopefully, this program will help increase reading interest and the literacy rate of Indonesians living in remote places and, hence, boost the country's literacy rate," said Pos Indonesia president director Gilarsi W. Setijono in Jakarta on Thursday as quoted by tempo.co.
The firm is cooperating with members of community libraries all over Indonesia to ensure the donated books are given to the right people.
Up to 25,580 books have been distributed through post offices to taman baca masyarakat (community libraries) across the country as of April this year.
The donation program itself was officially launched on June 17, 2017, at the East Java Post Office, in an event attended by Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara and the National Library's Najwa Shihab, whose mission is to develop reading habits and boost literacy. (kes)