Selamat Saraswati. Dirgahayu Hardiknas.

2 Mei 2015 menjadi kurun bersejarah bagi saya. Bagaimana tidak, dua momen penting bergabung menjadi satu: Saraswati, hari besar umat Hindu, jatuhnya bersamaan dengan Hari Pendidikan Nasional.

Hari Saraswati adalah hari pemujaan terhadap Dewi Saraswati, dewi ilmu pengetahuan dan seni. Di hari itulah, Sabtu Umanis Watugunung, umat Hindu percaya bahwa ilmu pengetahuan turun ke dunia.

Sementara Hari Pendidikan Nasional diperingati bertepatan dengan saat lahirnya sang pelopor pendidikan di Indonesia, Ki Hadjar Dewantara. Ia adalah juga pendiri lembaga pendidikan Taman Siswa.

Ilmu pengetahuan, pendidikan, serta seni, menurut saya merupakan kunci paling penting dari pembentukan akal budi seseorang. Lewat pendidikan yang baik—di sekolah dan luar sekolah—serta ilmu pengetahuan yang memadai manusia akan bisa mengambil keputusan yang tepat dan lebih piawai menyiasati masalah. Selain tentu pandai mengasah akal, menjadikannya cerdas, dan terbentuk sebagai sosok yang berpikir panjang jauh ke depan (visioner).

Oleh karenanya, sekolah dan perpustakaan merupakan elemen amat adiluhung di dalam konteks ini.

Jika satu tempat ibadah dibangun maka satu perpustakaan pula mesti didirikan.

Saraswati
“Gemar membaca adalah gerakan pembebasan. Membiasakan menulis sama dengan merawat kemerdekaan.

Perpustakaan adalah rumah ibadah. Kedai wiski sungguh setara sekolah.”

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