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Jakarta Post

Children, moms take literature celebration to deprived kids

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 7 2013   /  11:42 am

Loud and clear: Afoan Arimiyas Kolo, an activist at Pademangan youth community club, reads a story to children during World Read Aloud Day on Jl. Budi Mulia Raya, North Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JP/Indah Setiawati)Some people may prefer watching TV or looking at screens to reading because they find the latter boring.

Over a hundred children and mothers spent Wednesday commemorating World Read Aloud Day in a slum area next to the Pademangan district office, North Jakarta.

The children might have sat on a humble canvas mat next to a smelly river, but their minds clearly wandered to imaginary worlds.

In small groups, they listened to a mother or a volunteer who read a story from a children’s book.

“Where can we see a hippo?” a group of toddlers excitedly asked in harmony, in the middle of a story being told by Afoan Arimiyas Kolo, an activist from the Padema...