The National Library’s 2010 study showed that reading habits were limited in Indonesia. The greatest proportion was 55% of the population who read newspapers against 17% reading story books. Most childhood education experts agree that reading supports good knowledge acquisition and has a direct impact on writing skills.
The Foundation for Mother and Child Health Indonesia, known locally as Yayasan Balita Sehat, is committed to providing access to books, not only for the children attending our Early Learning Centres, but also the children living in their wider communities.
We operate 4 libraries, 2 libraries in the mother-and-child centres in South Jakarta and Central Java, a Smart Car which brings books to Bojonggede on the outskirts of Greater Jakarta and a motorbike mobile library for the remote, rural area we serve in West Timor.