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Najwa Shihab continues role as Indonesia  literacy ambassador

The Jakarta Post Sat, January 25, 2020

Journalist and founder of Najwa Shihab on Monday Jan. 8, 2018. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

Journalist Najwa Shihab will continue her role as duta baca (literacy ambassador) of the country’s National Library this year.

On Thursday, she signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the head of the National Library of Indonesia, Syarif Bando, in Central Jakarta to mark the continuation of their collaboration.

In a statement, the founder of digital content platform said she expected the collaboration to strengthen literacy across the country.

Insya Allah [God willing], this year we’ll be traveling to small cities more to improve the young generation’s interest in reading,” Najwa said in the statement.

Since being tapped for the role in 2016, Najwa has been on a mission to boost Indonesians’ reading habits and interests, especially among the young generation.

Syarif said Najwa had changed the development of literacy in Indonesia.

“The library is becoming popular and one of the reasons is because of her,” said Syarif, adding that literacy could help the young generation to face industry 4.0.

According to Woro Titi Haryanti, deputy of the library’s development resources, Najwa attended literacy events in 12 locations last year and that each event was packed with visitors. She has also actively promoted her mission on social media. (wir/kes)

From: THE JAKARTA POST (INDONESIA) Sat, January 25, 2020

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