Cinta Baca’s vision goes beyond getting children excited about reading. Our Community Development programs focus on health and livelihood. Teachers and volunteers have the opportunity to be a part of our programs and develop tools to build their own programs after our programs have finished.
Our goal is to form a virtuous society in line with the Pancasila principles.
We realize that it’s not enough to just provide books or libraries. This is where our SMART community development programs come in, to instill values in the hearts of young people. SMART stands for:
Act on this
Reading program through
Traditional Indonesian cultural methods
We wanted to make these programs easy to understand so that mothers, who are the primary initiators of this program, will be actively involved in developing a love of reading in their children.
SMART Reading: A program designed to bring out the richness of the reading world for children with the purpose of developing lifelong reading habits in order to instill values that will build a virtuous character.
SMART Learning: A study group consisting of 8-10 families who live near a Cinta Baca Library. who meet ten times a year to increase the family’s interest in reading. In this program, parents are trained to creatively read books to their children and make it a regular activity in the family.
SMART Health: A continuation of the SMART Learning program, this study consists of 12-16 families who meet for two years. Here, parents learn basic health principles. It is hoped that they will be able to motivate other families in their society to live a healthy lifestyle. SMART Health adopts the CHE (Community Health Education) model that focuses on the family’s physical, emotional and spiritual health.
SMART Virtues: A continuation of SMART Health, this study group consists of 5-10 families who discuss Indonesian values of Pancasila, the official philosophical foundation of the Indonesian state. It is hoped that these values will be preserved and developed in the midst of the communities where these families live.