Cargill establishes mobile library in Indonesia to support education of more than 2,000 students
INDONESIA - 21 NOVEMBER 2012 - Cargill today officially unveiled a mobile library in the district of Ketapang in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Another example of Cargill’s commitment to education for the community, the mobile library will provide students from schools within the district, including Manis Mata, Air Upas and Kendawangan, with convenient access to a variety of English and Indonesian books.
The IDR 485,000,000 (approximately US$50,000) mobile library was officially launched earlier today by Drs. H Mansyur, MSi, Head, Ketapang Education Office and Ong Kee Chau, President Director, PT Harapan Sawit Lestari. It was made possible by generous donations from Cargill employees in Indonesia, as well as from supporting non-governmental organizations and government agencies such as the Indonesian Teachers’ Association and the Ketapang Education Office.
The mobile library will offer a selection of non-fiction books – ranging from language and science to general knowledge and self-help – as well as fiction books, covering genres such as literature and teen fiction. It is available to all students, teachers and members of the surrounding communities within the district of Ketapang.
“The schools in this area have had very limited access to books beyond what is available in schools. The library will enable teachers to enhance lessons with supplementary materials, promoting a culture of reading among our students,” said Qurriyah, SPd, Teacher, SMA N Manis Mata.
The mobile library began to make its rounds around the Ketapang district in October 2012, allowing students from the different schools in the area to pay a visit to the library and gain access to the books on loan. The library currently has more than 500 books and Cargill will continue to expand the library on an ongoing basis.
Besides lending books, the mobile library is also equipped to be a travelling platform for the conducting of various public awareness talks ranging from health and safety to other educational subjects.
“Cargill continues to support local communities by improving their access to education, and we hope to inculcate a culture of reading amongst school children,” said Ong Kee Chau, President Director, PT Harapan Sawit Lestari. “We are extremely honored to implement such a worthwhile project which will benefit 2,300 students studying in 15 schools within this district as well as members of the larger community.”
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About Cargill in Indonesia
Cargill began doing business in Indonesia in 1974 by establishing a feed mill in Bogor, West Java. Today, Cargill - which is headquartered in Jakarta – has over 8,000 employees and offices, manufacturing plants and facilities throughout the country. Business activities comprise animal nutrition, cocoa, grain and oilseeds, palm oil, and sugar. Cargill is a responsible corporate citizen of Indonesia, and its local programs foster responsible and sustainable development, help protect the environment and nourish the people and possibilities that reside in local communities. For more information visit www.cargill.co.id