The Enthusiasm of Reading from Wamena's Children

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The student of primary school Wesaput, Wesaput sub-district, Jayawijaya are carefully reading books from library. Although they reside in Wamena's remote area, they are still very enthusiastic to gain more knowledge through books.

Book is a window of the world. Book will also make life better. How if book is inaccessible? Is life going to be better?

In Indonesia, Papua has highest number of illiteracy among other provinces in Indonesia. In recent data, there are 31, 31% of Papua residents who still face illiteracy. It's common to find illiterate people in Papua because this area lacks of infrastructures and human resources.

Books are still inaccessible these days in Wamena, a remote place in Papua. Bookstores are available only in towns and difficult to reach. Therefore, most Papua children are not familiar with reading habit. There are even many primary school students in their age who are still unable to read. This is what makes local people just have low quality of education.

Book is a window of the world. Book will also make life better.

Wahana Visi Indonesia office in La'uk Nayak has cooperation with some departments including Department of Education in Jayawijaya, Department of Regional Library in Jayawijaya, and also some assisted schools in La'uk Nayak. The departments will distribute books for students in primary schools so they will have more interests to read.

This breakthrough way is being conducted to all schools in La'uk Nayak. Besides having coordination with local departments, there is also cooperation with Sesame Street (Jalan Sesama) to provide films for the children. Now, many students have high interest in reading because they could access books in an easier way.

"I am very happy. I don't have any book to read in home but now I'm happy because today I could read book," said Melience Wende, a fifth grade student of YPPK Honelama primary school.

Not only Melience who could get the benefit from reading book but also the other children in this area. With the availability of library, the children' interests in reading and studying have increased significantly. Although the real result could not be seen in a short time but the positive effect could be seen in the future. Wamena and Papua will have more knowledgeable and better generation.
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