Minister of Education and Culture: Indonesia Surpasses the Target Number of Illiterates

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LUBUK PAKAM, presidentpost.id – Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said that Indonesia had exceeded the target number of illiterates set by UNESCO, which is at least 5 percent. Now only 2.02 percent are illiterate. This number is in the areas that are difficult to reach.

“Because, the handling must be more specific,” Muhadjir said at the National Level Literacy Day Summit at Deli Serdang Square, Lubuk Pakam, North Sumatra, Saturday (9/8).

Minister Effendy hopes that all provinces in Indonesia will make efforts to eradicate illiteracy. In addition, it is also expected that there will be no more illiteracy due to their ability not to be used.

“What we emphasize is how to enable literacy to be applied to everyday life,” he said.

Minister Effendy also said, “With the liberation of the Indonesian people from illiteracy, the quality of human resources will increase.”

In community development, he continued, the government has provided basic and advanced literacy education services in the most densely illiterate, underdeveloped, frontier, outermost and remote / special indigenous communities. In addition, the government provides services through the Literacy Village and Vocational Village programs.

“Through this program, it is expected to form the initiator village area for the development of the community’s reading culture and the formation of business groups that utilize the potential of local cultural resources and wisdom, more specifically in the 3T regions,” he said.

Minister Effendy conveyed, the literacy or literacy formulated by the World Economic Forum in 2016, is the skill of 21st century adults. There are at least six basic literacy that must be mastered by every adult, namely: reading, numeracy, science, digital, financial, and culture and citizenship.

“Literacy and Skills Development shows that literacy is not just a priority on aspects of reading, writing, calculating, but also the importance of skills development as an investment that is very important for the future and progress of a dignified nation,” he said.