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Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Calls on Media to Improve Literacy of Youth Generation


Rabu, 03 Mei 2023



Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Nadiem Anwar Makarim highlights the important role of the media in encouraging literacy among the youth. For him, the media's contribution is an integral part of the effort to produce a great generation in the future.
Strengthening literacy is one of the priorities the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology continuously strives for to create a great generation. Therefore, Nadiem encourages the mass media to present educational and interesting content for the younger generation. That way, through the media, they can learn various positive things from all the events around them because mass media readers are adults, teenagers, and children.
He explained that by providing the right content and presenting it interestingly, children could be interested in reading and exploring the concept of literacy.
The Minister said that mass media, in its activities, are expected to be able to present news that upholds the values of integrity, quality, and truth. In addition, by prioritizing educative content, Nadiem hopes that children, as one of the reader segments, can have their critical reasoning trained to argue fairly and solve problems around them.
I wish there were more effort to invite youths to understand the issues around them in a way relevant to their age, said Nadiem.
Minister Nadiem also encouraged the mass media to provide space for the education sector to collaborate in implementing the Merdeka Curriculum. Moreover, currently, teachers are free to determine learning models that follow current developments and students' needs.
As a commitment of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology to improve literacy skills, especially in the 3T ( terdepan, terluar, tertinggal ) regions, Freedom to Learn (MB) was launched some time ago in the 23rd episode: Quality Textbooks for Indonesian Literacy. Through this policy, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, through the Language Development and Development Agency (Badan Bahasa), seeks to increase the younger generation's reading interest by providing quality reading books.
This program focuses on distributing or delivering quality reading books totaling 15.3 million copies to 6,000 Early Childhood Education (PAUD) and 14,000 Primary Schools (SD) in 470 districts/cities throughout Indonesia. In addition, the 23rd Freedom to Learn program is also followed by training for teachers to motivate and increase students' desire to prefer reading activities. (REL/andhiko tungga alam/dzulfiqor ammar)


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