SOUTH TANGERANG, BANTEN – The reading culture program that has been implemented at SDN Jelupang 2 in the last year is starting to bear fruit. Each student reads an average of 3-8 books per month. At the ceremonial handover of eight million leveled reading books held in this USAID PRIORITAS partner school, the students demonstrated the impact of the reading culture program.
Grade 3 student Qisty admitted that she loved to read. Every day she reads story books in the reading corner in her class. She also regularly goes to the bookstore with her mother. Each week, she finishes two to three books.
"This book is called Cinderella. It is the story of a daughter who was good-natured and not arrogant. Cinderella was a patient and helpful person. I want to be good like Cinderella and I like to help my mother to clean up my room. My mother said the name 'Qisty' means kind. I want to be a daughter with a good heart and to love my family," said Qisty talking about some of the books that she had read.
Grade 5 student Raisya talked about the reading activities in her school. She started to enjoy reading more after getting used to being asked to read by her teacher every day. Syafiq, one of Raisya's classmates, said: "By reading, we become more knowledgeable and can get a lot of information. Reading also helps us with our learning. When we studied science, the teacher invited us to practice making artificial magnets and write a report. We did not find it difficult to write the report, because we had already read about magnetic forces."
The school principal of SDN Jelupang 2, Sari SPd., said that her school has changed dramatically since becoming a partner of USAID PRIORITAS. The teachers have got used to teaching in a way that makes students active and produce creative work. "Teachers also routinely support their students, when they are reading," she said. (Anw)