JAKARTA, NNC - Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (Kemendes PDTT) allows the use of village funds for library development, particularly in disadvantaged areas.
"The concrete manifestation of the development of village library is Permendes [Regulation of Minister of Village] 19/2015, which ensures that library development is a priority for the use of village funds," said Anwar Sanusi, as Secretary General of Kemendes PDTT, Saturday (3/31/2018).
According to him, village community may utilize village funds for library development. It should be noted that the Village Ministry and National Library (Perpusnas) signed a memorandum of understanding to overcome the low level of literacy in rural areas.
"Perpusnas provides assistance related to the support of human resources managing the library in the villages," he explained.
Anwar continued that village funds could be used to purchase a collection of books in village libraries, and to date there are a number of villages becoming the target of Village Ministry. There is no limit to how much village funds may be used, but the village head is given space to use village funds for the library.
Simultaneously, the Head of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando said there was a literacy gap between urban people and rural ones. If made in ratio on average one book is awaited by 5,000 people, but in rural areas one book is awaited by 15 thousand people.
"So we really feel how low the literacy in the village because it is difficult to find a reading book, even if any, those are textbooks which cannot be used as life supplies," said Syarif.
Therefore, both parties hope through this cooperation, it can build synergy with Kemendes PDTT to overcome the low level of literacy in rural areas. It will also provide books that will benefit community capacity building in rural areas.