“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Albert Einstein
Ayo Dongeng is a storytelling community where several artists can serve their talents to channel interests and curiosity towards a bigger initiative. One of their 20-page fairy tale book that was loved by everyone was published by Pelangi Mizan that contains interesting stories with colorful pictures illustrated for young children’s easy grasp.
Recently, YouTube partnered with Ayo Dongeng for a storytelling gathering titled “#DongengYuk” at the National Museum in Jakarta on Jan. 27 2018.
Hari ini ngemsi terheboh, ter-ngejar2 audiens karena lari kemana mana, temanis, tergemes pengen cubit. Cuma di #DongengYuk by @Google_IDN, YouTube Indonesia & @ayodongeng_ind 😆 pic.twitter.com/hhDs4ds4F2
— Aulia Jasmine (@AuliaaJasmine) January 27, 2018
This government supported public event featured Najwa Shihab, Indonesia’s reading ambassador, who read a tale from South Sulawesi titled “La Dana and the Buffalo.”
Founder of Ayo Dongeng Indonesia, Ariyo Zidni, also read a story from Aceh titled “Padi Muda (Young Paddy).” Several YouTube content creators were also present and read several traditional stories at the event.
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As per TheJakartaPost, The Education and Culture Ministry’s directorate general of culture Hilmar Farid said in an official statement, “The directorate general of culture supports the digitalization Indonesia’s folktale heritage through the initiative at #DongengYuk. The partnership between YouTube and Ayo Dongeng Indonesia must be supported so that the traditional stories from all 34 provinces of Indonesia can be introduced to the younger generation’s imagination.”
— AyoDongeng Indonesia (@ayodongeng_ind) January 27, 2018
Meanwhile, head of public policy at Google Indonesia, Shinto Nugroho, said Google wanted to make Indonesian folktales more accessible to assist in the education of coming generations.
This is why all the folktales from Indonesia’s 34 provinces will be uploaded to YouTube’s Google Indonesia channel.
By the time every video is uploaded, you can have a glance at other great animations showcasing the folklore of Indonesian tales on YouTube.