Focus Group Discussion: Reflection on the Journey of the Child-Friendly Library Program of Badung Regency, Bali

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The implementation of the child-friendly library program in Badung regency has been successful, and this reflection enables YLAI to review the strengths and challenges of the programme for schools in the region.

The reflection of the programme was held in the meeting room of the Sport, Youth and Education Department of Badung Regency. The focus group discussion was opened by the representative for the Head of the Education Department. It was also attended by representatives of the Sport, Youth and Education Department of the entire Badung Regency, including supervisors, principals, teachers’ representatives, and selected school librarians.

In the discussion, it was agreed that the involvement of the community is indispensable for the sustainability of the library. Strong collaboration between school communities is essential in solving the problems that arise in both library management and classroom reading activities.

It was also agreed that with the child-friendly library program, students’ reading interest greatly increased. With the increase of children’s reading interest, students’ reading skills in the classroom were also increasing. With the increase in students’ reading skills, it is hoped that students’ achievement in other subjects would also increase.

The teachers feel the benefits of this program. Today, teachers’ skills in integrating literacy learning in the curriculum has improved. Teachers master multiple reading approaches to facilitate reading lessons to the students.

Hopefully, more schools will be postitively affected by this child-friendly library program.

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