Established in 2013, Litara accomodates writers and illustrators with the same vision — improving the quality of Indonesian children’s books through creative artworks and engaging stories so as to enable the books to represent Indonesia abroad. Litara also aspires to improve Indonesian children’s literacy and nurture the love of reading. Meanwhile, OPOB is a community based organisation in North Kalimantan. It began in 2015 when the idea of “collecting used books” to be donated to remote villages was realised. This social mission activity was initiated by a student from the Tarakan Borneo University named Sarinah. She started it as a proposed work program while undergoing ‘community service’ (KKN). This movement later was welcomed by the public. One of the visions of this community is to preserve reading culture from an early age.
Program focus: Library/ Community Book Centres
KALTARA Reading for Pleasure Campaign, is a collaboration proposed by a coalition of Litara and OBOB. It is aimed to promote a reading culture in Malinau district in North Kalimantan, to complement INOVASI’s literacy program implemented in 13 schools. Achievement of the campaign will be done through the following:
- Increased children’s access ro quality reading books through establishment of reading corners in classrooms or community reading centers near schools.
- Increased awareness of school and community stakeholders of a reading culture through their increased participation in establishment and management of reading corners at schools and community reading centers.
- Increased capacity of school and community residents to utilise reading books in a meaningful way in the classrooms and community reading centers near the schools.
Location: Malinau and Bulungan, North Kalimantan
Duration: 12 September 2018 until 11 September 2019
- Increased students’ learning outcomes in literacy
- Improved community libraries’ facilities and its program
- Increased community involvement in education