Government Intensifies an Effort to Eradicate Illiteracy in Jayapura –  Head of the Education and Culture Office of Jayapura City, Papua Province, Fachruddin Pasolo, said that he was still intensifying an effort to eradicate illiteracy even though it was still in the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

“We restrict the number of participants, from 30-50 people per teaching and learning process, now only 10-15 people, even less. Every week we do coaching,” said Pasolo at the Jayapura Mayor’s Office, Thursday (27/5/2021).

Pasolo said, the illiteracy rate based on data from the Education and Culture Office of Jayapura City and the Central Statistics Agency is in the position of 99.91 percent in 2021. Likewise, the literacy rate is already 99.91 percent.

“The remaining 0.9 percent or 450 people we have to accomplish. This shows the seriousness and concern of the Jayapura City Government (Pemkot) to resolve illiteracy. We are intensifying literacy education to accelerate in ending illiteracy and in growing literacy, “said Pasolo.

Pasolo admitted, people are very enthusiastic about taking literacy education. The participants were mostly farmers and traders.

“What used to be only to the garden and the market and then back to the house, but now there are additional activities done to make them smart. From not being able to read, write and count, now they be able to,” said Pasolo.

Meanwhile, the Regional Secretary for the Jayapura City, Frans Pekey, said that education knows no age limit, as long as there is a willingness, you can follow the teaching and learning process that can make you smart.

“It is never too late to learn and to hone skills so that you can read and write. At least they can read, write and count so they can teach these to their children,” said Pekey.

Pekey said, it is needed to make cooperation from stakeholders to resolve illiteracy rates in the capital of Papua Province. Moreover, Jayapura City is known as a barometer of education in the Land of Papua.

“Letters are means of conveying the horizons of knowledge and civilization of a nation, because it forms a discourse that can be recognized, understood, applied from generation to generation,” said Pekey.

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