An Ethnographic Study on Literacy Culture in the Teras Baca Ile Napo Community, Solor Island (78946)

Session Information: Culture, Education and Pedagogy
Session Chair: Teresa Chen

Sunday, 26 May 2024 11:25
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 704
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The increase in the number of literacy communities in Indonesia continues to occur every year. Teras Baca Ile Napo is a literacy community in Solor Island, East Nusa Tenggara Regency. Looking at the details, Solor is located to the east of Flores Island, with a population of 36,358 people. The reason for establishing this community is existing educational disparities, especially related to limited access to relevant learning resources, so the existing literacy culture is important to study. This research aims to find out the learning problems of children on Solor Island, the literacy practices, and the role of literacy within the community. The ethnographic approach used in this study is participant observation and interviews. Findings in this research are first, the learning problem found in school-age children on Solor Island is the difficulty of accessing relevant learning resources and interesting literacy activities to increase their ability in education. Therefore, this community actively creates community branches in several remote areas of Solor, providing free books and libraries for the community and local schools. Second, to increase students' willingness to learn, various interesting activities are carried out. In contrast, Literacy in this community actively provides education related to cultural literacy and environmental literacy which is linked to local marine conservation. On the other hand, what they learn in formal schools will be studied more contextually in the community. The increase in problem-solving abilities and creativity produced by children is proof that this non-formal education community helps improve the quality of education.

Virginia Rosa da Silva, Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia

About the Presenter(s)
I'm Virginia Rosa da Silva, i've been passionate about education. Currently, I established and driven the Lorosae Literacy community as part of non-formal education in Atambua, to assist children and young people in learning about literacy.

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