J1031N Books for Indonesia

Indonesia, Southeast Asia

The Situation 

Many preschool teachers across Indonesia have had little or no training to enable them to teach reading effectively, with the result that literacy levels remain low: more than 86% of Indonesian 15-year-olds read at too low a level to gain significant benefits from their secondary education. Saya Suka Membaca (I Love Reading) is an Indonesian non-profit foundation working towards a future where all of Indonesia’s children have a chance not only to learn to read, but to love reading. We do this by equipping pre-school and early-primary teachers to teach literacy effectively, so that the children they teach learn to read with fluency, understanding and enjoyment. These skills are the foundation of a good education, and give children from poor communities a chance to lead happier, healthier, more productive lives.


The Objective 

The Books for Indonesia project is a project to raise the capital needed to bulk print high-quality reading books that are desperately needed to support effective literacy teaching. We will print full-colour A4-sized “Big Books” for teachers to use at the front of the classroom, and A5- and A6-sized children’s reading books, so that children can experience the reward of reading culturally appropriate stories independently from an early stage. Funding from GDG will allow us to serve more schools and children by reducing the cost of our books, while also increasing their quality. The program will print more than 25,000 books. In 2018, Saya Suka Membaca materials were used to teach more than 5,000 children to read, and we have supplied books to partners including UNICEF, Room to Read, and Australian DfAT’s INOVASI program.

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