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Jakarta Post

Educators urge Nadiem not to neglect informal education

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 17, 2020   /  12:06 pm
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Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim (Instagram/@Kemendikbud.RI)

Public reading parks in South Tangerang, Banten, provide a prime example of how community-based initiatives can improve access to education. Concerned about the low level of literacy in the city, several communities have set up reading parks that allow anyone to borrow books and take part in their activities for free. “Many of the public reading parks are located in low-income and marginalized communities because we’re trying to reach the unreached and to serve those who are ignored,” South Tangerang public reading park forum chairwoman Herlina Mustikasari said on Wednesday. The initiatives have won national recognition. “Several reading parks were named as the country’s best, and since 2010 we have consistently won awards from the Banten administration as the best public reading parks,” she said. However, Herlina expressed concern that ...