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Jakarta Post

Balinese dictionary awarded UNESCO prize for literacy

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 9 2019   /  12:18 am

BASAbali Wiki, a Balinese-English-Indonesian dictionary, was one of the five initiatives from around the world to receive a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Literacy Prize for its contribution to literacy and multilingualism.BASAbali Wiki, launched in 2014, was initiated by the BASAbali Group, spearheaded by Balinese academics and writers in an effort to preserve the Balinese language.BASAbali executive director Gus Dark told The Jakarta Post on Thursday he hoped the award would not only be merely a prestigious achievement for Bali and Indonesia, but rather an opportunity to reinvigorate literacy in the digital era.‚ÄúThis award should encourage Indonesian millennials to master foreign languages as well as local wisdom from their own culture and mother tongue. Literary culture in Indonesia, which is rather low, should be co...