As the EdTechX Asia Ecosystem Event series continues, we looked at the Indonesia EdTech Ecosystem to see what the entrepreneurs, investors and education leaders believe need to be actioned to drive success in Education and Work.
They were set with this scenario:
“It’s 2030, and Indonesia has made it to the top of the global rankings in education. The country now has the highest literacy & numeracy scores, the highest share of expert and motivated teachers, the highest university pass rate & lowest unemployment rate. What is the first step that Indonesia’s government would need to take today to achieve this phenomenal jump in the country’s global education rankings?”
Put simply, the answer was education.
In Indonesia, the starting age for education is 6 years old, however many believed that this should be earlier. To reach the scenario, the focus needs to turn to create easily accessible education that is innovative, agile and compassionate. Outside the cities, many do not have access to schools or tech, and infrastructure needs to be optimised in order to support it.
While it was highlighted that education in rural areas was poorly managed, many noted that tech, not roads, were the answer.
“[We need] high quality education that is accessible to all young people, essentially reducing variation by reducing obstacles such as distance or economic background…Technology is the answer” — EdTechX Jakarta Attendee
Creating awareness as to how to use technology to leverage the learning process and improve teaching quality could propel Indonesia to the top of the global rankings in education. Digitising education and getting teachers better equipped with technology means that student engagement can improve, accessibility will increase and higher standards can be reached. Another issue highlighted was the need to provide public school teachers with regular training against the educational standards of developed countries, to ensure students are not receiving outdated education.
“We need to think of a more robust, comprehensive and standardized education curriculum across the country” — EdTechX Jakarta Attendee
By improving resources, working with the public sector and government and bringing education to more people at an earlier age, it is believed that then Indonesia can focus on gaining the highest literacy & numeracy scores, the highest share of expert and motivated teachers, the highest university pass rate & lowest unemployment rate.
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