Original Article: Gerakan Literasi Padi By: Saiful Akmal.
Many people believe that literacy is the key to the rebirth of a civilization. The command to be able to read and write is the earliest cycle of a culture. It is also an absolute prerequisite in education and the formation of personality. That’s why reading and writing are elementary components in the formation of progressive individuals. This group of literate personalities will eventually turn into a group of people who are capable to produce meaningful progress for their glory and existence in the world, wherever they might be. This generation then will bring enlightenment to their community. They will establish a more focused and useful activity, the culture will be one of the leading and primary references and their civilization will become a symbol of progress and excellence. They have to move forward to seek for spaces to express their feeling, like the water streaming to the lower place, they can keep sharing, until they end up stopping. Water that does not stream, does not flow, will only bring disease to the civilization.
Literacy is the window and door for the spread of knowledge. As one of the basic human skills, reading and writing encourage people to be more creative. It is like a bright light guiding the midst of a frantic world. If reading is a window of knowledge, then writing is a scientific reflection which is summarized in a compelling, inspiring, liberating composition of sentences. If many people can read, only few is able to reflect, interpret and translate the results of their readings into a writing that moves people. Cordoba and Granada in Andalusia are the eternal witnesses when literacy became a common interest and left all the egocentric minds behind, aren’t they? Therefore, science will and have to be able to gather all mankind to create a spectacular civilization, which exceeds the passing time, into something that has never been imagined before. Literacy and science are eternal tandem. They are a visionary couple which will never stop spreading the benefits for humankind.
In the midst of ideas which invent various products of culture and civilization, literacy movement can gradually bring society out of the stupidity, poverty and helplessness. But what kind of literacy movements that can raise the awareness of the importance of science to create an equal y, pressure free, and humane society? As an integral part of civilization, literacy movements have to fill in the intellectual desolation. The presence of new ideas that can contribute to the attitude of respect, fair, and humane in the new society will be gained only by understanding the philosophy of the rice. Emergence of ideas and plans in the community will be an action and gain lots of support if the idea is presented in a simple way. It is simple because it is a literacy that gives a substance of existence, and does not simply promotes narcissist images of ego. It is simple because it is a manifestation of humility yet it shares high benefits. Generation of ‘Padi’ literacy always seeks to give some aspiration and expression for people. Only if they agree that literacy is not a monopolizing and dominating movement, but rather a reflection and a foundation for the future brilliance of civilization that seems to be more promising and more definitive.