SOUTH TANGERANG, BANTEN – "Come on children, let's read together!" exhorted Deputy US Ambassador, Brian McFeeters, who speaks Indonesian fluently, as he tried out a leveled reading reading book entitled 'The Zoo'. The students of Grade 1A followed his instructions enthusiastically.
The Director General of Primary and Secondary Education at MOEC, Hamid Muhammad, and other officials present, also tried teaching using leveled reading books provided by USAID, which are being distributed to 13,000 primary schools and madrasah.
Leveled reading books are used by teachers as a learning tool to help groups of students according to their levels of literacy to learn to read in the early primary school grades. They are used to improve reading skills and cultivate students' interest in reading. "These books will help students to improve their reading skills and enhance their enjoyment of reading. The better a student's ability to read, the better their general learning ability," said the Deputy Ambassador.
The Director General of Primary and Secondary Education at MOEC, Hamid Muhammad, said that the provision of these books is very helpful to education in Indonesia. He expects these books will be put to good use. "The goal is to make the whole population, including school children, enjoy reading, writing, and to become literate. Being literate enables one to access information, to understand the information that is accessed, and then use the information usefully," he said during the event. (Anl/Anw)