Unpad Sends 20,000 Books to Four Regions in the Southern Part of West Java

[unpad.ac.id, 8/3/2019] Universitas Padjadjaran will hand 20,000 textbooks to four regions in the southern part of West Java. This program, “Unpad-Go Literate Trip 2019 Ekspedisi Koridor Jabar Selatan” (Unpad-Go Literate Trip 2019 Southern West Java Corridor Expedition), was initiated by the Student Executive Board (BEM) of the Faculty of Husbandry working together with the Faculty of Cultural Studies.

[Rector of Universitas Padjadjaran, Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad, accepted a book symbolically from the head of the West Java Indonesian Association of Graphics Company (PPGI), Dedy Firmansyah, in the handover ceremony held at Graha Kandaga Unpad, Jatinangor, Friday (8/3). 20,226 copies of books is going to be sent by Unpad to four regions in the southern part of West Java.]

The project officer, Suci Rahayu Safitri, said that this book donation program is a follow-up from the expedition of southern West Java which is held annually by BEM Faculty of Husbandry. As much as 20,226 copies of books will be granted to schools and pre-schools in Cipatujah in Tasikmalaya regency, Karangwangi in Garut regency, Cidaun in Cianjut regency, and Ciemas in Sukabumi regency.

All books in this program were donated by the publisher CV Arya Duta. The books donated are elementary and middle school textbooks, as well as books for kindergarten students. Suci said, every regency gets 5,000 to 7,000 books.

“We got book donations from CV. Arya Duta due to networking from the West Java PPGI,” spoke Suci when she was interviewed after the handover ceremony held at Graha Kandaga, Unpad, jatinangor, Friday (8/3).

In the handover ceremony, a book was symbolically handed from PPGI and CV. Arya Duta to Unpad. The handover was done by the diRector of CV. Arya Duta, Muhammad Taufik and head of the West Java branch of Indonesian Association of Graphics Company (PPGI), Dedy Firmansyah to Unapd Rector Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad, Unpad DiRector of Academics and Library Dr. Teuku Yan Waliana Muda Iskandarsyah, Dean of Unpad’s Faculty of Husbandry Prof. Dr. Husmy Yurmiati, and Dean of Unpad’s Faculty of Humanities Yuyu Yohana Risagrniwa, Ph.D.

At the opportunity, the Rector explained that the book donation program is Unpad’s attempt to increase West Java’s literacy, especially in the southern part. This region has a vivid disparity compared to the northern part of West Java.

“On one side, the development of technology literacy is remarkable. Meanwhile, the other side doesn’t have a good access to literacy.”

Specifically the Rector relayed, book donation programs are one of the applications of Sociopreneurship. He hopes that many students will be involved in similar programs.

“More students (are expected) to develop their Sociopreneurship. In both literacy and other aspects, especially in developing villagers,” said the Rector.

As one of West Java’s power, the village sector must be developed well. The Rector said, increasing literacy in villages is very important. If a village’s is associated with the one village-one company program, then a competent human resource must be prepared.

“If the human capital is not potent, their knowledge is feeble, someday they will only be an employee,” added the Rector.

The Rector also gave an appreciation toward the book donation program initiated by students. He hoped that students could take part in contributing to the development of knowledge in every region visited.

Report by Arief Maulana.