The purpose of these actions is, so that child development could be continued.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Official from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Franka Makarim highlighted three steps to handle learning loss resulting from the pandemic that entailed collaboration between parents, teachers, and the public.

"These actions aim to facilitate child development to be continued," Makarim noted during a media briefing here on Wednesday.

Makarim remarked that one of these actions was the sustainable development of basic literacy for children both in school and at home.

The culture of reading could not only be cultivated at school but also at home since reading books builds a strong foundation for the future, she explained.

Next, parents and experts should collaborate with early childhood education (PAUD) teachers at school to strengthen learning activities. They are requested to provide comments or feedback for the PAUD learning session, she remarked.

"We would also like to have more reading access that necessitates cooperation between teachers, parents, and the public," Makarim noted.

This could be achieved by adding more reading locations, having more reading gardens, rebuilding libraries at school, and allowing parents to borrow reading material, she elaborated.

Related news: Ministry asks parents not to worry about sending kids to school

In addition, the government is encouraging the existence of reading corners around the children's home environment since the reading habit should be incentivized from an early age, she noted.

Official from the Ministry of Religious Affairs Eni Yakut Cholil Qoumas noted that the ministry is also improving the competency of Raudhatul Athfal, Islamic kindergarten, teachers across Indonesia.

"Competency improvement is done sustainably. We are also collaborating with the World Bank to bolster Raudhatul Athfal teachers' skills," Qoumas affirmed.

During the briefing, Makarim also encouraged parents to not harbor concerns about sending their children to school during the limited live face-to-face learning period.

Related news: Optimize libraries for learning, Jayapura mayor to school librarians
Related news: Minister accentuates novel learning strategies at INA-LAC Forum

Translator: Indriani, Fadhli Ruhman
Editor: Suharto
Copyright © ANTARA 2021