Ministry of Education and Culture Strengthens the Individual and Publisher Industry for Books at the MSMEs Level

Ministry of Education and Culture Strengthens the Individual and Publisher  Industry for Books at the MSMEs Level

JAKARTA - The Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) through the Center for Curriculum and Bookkeeping, the Research and Development and Bookkeeping Agency provides reinforcement to 329 individual bookkeepers consisting of editors, writers and layouters and 137 publishers classified as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). from 18 provinces in Indonesia.

This strengthening is carried out through the certification of editors, writers and layouters, as well as facilitating accreditation for publishers classified as MSMEs. This activity, held in a network (online), and in stages where batch 1 was held starting last Monday, 5 October 2020.

Certification is carried out with a number of relevant Professional Certification Bodies (LSP), while accreditation will be carried out with publisher associations such as the Indonesian Publisher Association (IKAPI), and the Indonesian Higher Education Publishers Association (APPTI).

Head of the Center for Curriculum and Books, Balitbang and Books, Ministry of Education and Culture, Maman Fathurrohman emphasized that this activity was a form of government presence and concern for bookkeepers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maman hopes that in the future, activity participants can continue to work together and collaborate in providing various regulations, as well as innovative printed and digital book products for students in educational units and the general public in society.

The Chairman of the Committee, Singgih Prajoga, reported that of the 7 (seven) groups of individual bookkeepers, only 3 (three) groups, namely editors, writers and layouters, had a Professional Certification Institute available. For this reason, the Center for Curriculum and Bookkeeping will encourage the establishment of various LSPs to strengthen other groups of bookkeepers in the future.

"Hopefully a healthy and quality book ecosystem can be realized, and the book industry can be a source of life for many people to work and actualize themselves in the future, " said Maman in his statement in Jakarta, Thursday (8/10/2020).

The book industry is very important to support educational operations in education units and the community. The size of the book market is estimated to reach 13.4 trillion per year.

This figure includes the publication and distribution of printed and digital books, in schools and homes / communities, both in the education and general fields. In addition, this field has also become a source of life for many people, including bookkeepers such as writers, editors and layouters, as well as publishing houses.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced people's purchasing power, and this has had a significant impact on various sectors including the National Bookkeeping Industry. The pandemic has an impact on publishers, namely a decrease in sales turnover, the closure of various outlets / bookstores in various locations, to termination of employment of employees.

Therefore, this activity is expected to produce bookkeepers who have professional certificates according to their fields as editors, writers, or layouters / graphic designers, as well as improve the quality of publishers through proper accreditation processes.

"Through these various activities, it is hoped that bookkeepers can survive the pandemic, remain productive, and be more innovative after the pandemic, " concluded Maman. (***)