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Movement aims to break poor reading habit in Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, March 31, 2019   /  10:22 am
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The challenge has targeted to involve 3,000 children and 1,500 volunteers. Registration can be done online or at the nearest local reading point. (Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia has a generally poor reading culture as supported by findings and research, prompting the Jakarta administration to team up with a local movement to promote reading, especially among the youth. The administration and Jakarta Reading Park Forum (FTBM) are holding a month-long movement from April 1 to 31 called the #BacaJakarta (#ReadJakarta) challenge. The movement, inspired by the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge in Dallas, the United States, challenges children aged 7 to 12 years old to read continuously for 30 days. It was aimed to activate all reading communities in the city, as the event would be held in 100 reading rooms, including libraries in integrated child-friendly public spaces (RPTRAs), reading parks (TBM) and community libraries. "We want to encourage kids to read 15 minutes to 30 minutes a day through the challenge. We will give them booklets a...