UNESCO and Indonesia collaborate to make storybooks and math games available in 26 local languages

07 June 2023, Indonesia

Following the success of the first phase of the Translate a Story campaign, UNESCO and the Global Digital Library (GDL), in cooperation with the Agency for Language Development and Cultivation (Badan Bahasa) from the Ministry of Education of Indonesia, jointly organized a translation workshop from 29 May to 2 June in the country’s capital, Jakarta. Under the guidance of trainers from UNESCO and the GDL, a group of 43 selected Indonesian translators from the Ministry, government institutions and non-government institutions translated some 250 children’s story books into Bahasa Indonesia. The translated books undergo a quality assurance process and are published on the Global Digital Library. They will become available for printing and will be imported on Badan Bahasa’s digital platform, Penjaring. Additionally, translators from the Jakarta-based regional centre for mathematics, SEAQiM, translated 29 maths games. In order to inform and improve the development of the GDL platform, user tests were conducted in 4 Indonesian schools prior to the workshop with groups of children from grade 1 to 4 (age 6 to 12).