The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MoECRT), in partnership with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), held a virtual symposium on “Quality Digital Learning for All”

31 August 2021
Students in SMP 1 Sorong District, West Papua, Indonesia.
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Students in SMP 1 Sorong District, West Papua, Indonesia sitting in the classroom.

JAKARTA, 30 August 2021 – The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (MoECRT), in partnership with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), held a virtual symposium on “Quality Digital Learning for All”. The symposium was held as a call for collaborative efforts across sectors to advance digital education for all children in Indonesia.

“The symposium would be a momentum for all of us to reflect, share the good practices, and build a future collaboration to realize the digital transformation in Indonesia” said Director General for Teacher and Teaching Personel (Dirjen GTK), MoECRT, Mr. Iwan Syahril to open the virtual symposium, on Monday (30/8).

Mr Iwan Syahril as the DG of GTK said that President RI, Joko Widodo has mandated the MoECRT to prepare the technological disruption, that allows the advancement of education in Indonesia, building the excellence human resource which enable them to adapt with revolution industry of 4.0. He said “ the education must be relevant in tackling the various questions and changes, so that (our) human resources could be liberated, as in they are independent and empowered to adapt with the challenges in the times”

To respond to the challenge, Dirjen Iwan said, digital learning could expand the opportunities for teachers and students to explore diverse source of knowledge and to collaborate. “Digital learning could contribute to more exciting, beneficial and equitable learning process.”

UNICEF as partner of Government of Indonesia share similar message on advancing the digital learning for all. In the recent UNICEF study on landscape analysis on digital learning, the main recommendations would include to strengthen the platform and content, build digital capacity of teachers and students, and widen the connectivity. These findings reaffirm the importance of stakeholders involvement to advance digital learning for all.

Hence, MoECRT and UNICEF Indonesia invited the stakeholder both from public and private sector, including the ministries and government agencies, ed-tech companies, civil society organization, international development partners, teachers and young people representatives to discuss ways on supporting digital learning vision of MoECRT.

MoECRT is currently developing three pillars to transform learning through digital technology. The first pillar would be to develop the digital skills of teachers and education personnel.

Since 2018, MoECRT has a IT-based learning or Pembelajaran Berbasis TIK (PEMBATIK). The participant for the program in 2018 was 6.800, and it was increasing on 2019 into 28.000 participants. “In 2020 and 2021 during the pandemics, the total participant of PEMBATIK is growing to 70.000 in 2020 and subsequently to 80.000 in 2021,” said Mr Iwan.

The second pillar is the development of platform and digital content. “Since 2012, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology has developed Rumah Belajar platform that could be utilized by teachers, students, and the community for free. This platform has more than 20 million users and has been accessed for more than 217 million times," explained Director General Iwan Syahril

Since 2020, and as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology has also developed a technology platform called Guru Belajar dan Berbagi. "There are two main features here, the first is 'Ayo Guru Belajar' and the second is 'Ayo Guru Berbagi'," said Director General Iwan Syahril.

Furthermore, the third pillar focuses on the development and facilitation of internet network coverage, infrastructure, and practices. "The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology continues to collaborate with other ministries and institutions, especially with the Ministry of Communication and Information to build internet networks in all regions in Indonesia," he said.

Hence in this symposium, MoECRT and UNICEF Indonesia invited the stakeholder both from public and private sector, including the ministries and government agencies, ed-tech companies, civil society organization, international development partners, teachers and young people representatives to discuss ways on supporting digital learning vision of MoECRT.

“We gather diverse sectors who play significant roles, who care and commit to education transformation in Indonesia with support from technology. Let’s actively participate, collaborate, to find the best solution to education recovery.” he said

In this symposium, the Ministry and UNICEF facilitated an exchange between stakeholders about the situation of digital learning in Indonesia, including how to further develop digital education in the country by taking inspiration from existing and future digital education experiences and models.

"The digital talents of our teachers and education personnel are emerging, and therefore the support of technology platforms will continue to strengthen the realization of Merdeka Belajar to create Profil Pelajar Pancasila and lifelong learners," said Director General Iwan Syahril.

This symposium will provide space to reflect on how teachers and education stakeholders have embraced the rapid changes, and consequently have adapted with digital teaching and learning approaches, despite significant challenges.

“Digital education has been critical to these efforts. We therefore must continue the momentum towards developing inclusive quality digital education for all children in Indonesia,” he said.

UNICEF Indonesia’s Representative, Debora Comini, said that inclusive and quality digital learning would enable children in Indonesia to access quality education. “To achieve this, we must continue to build digital materials and platforms that can reach children in even the most remote areas and assist teachers to develop their digital education skills so that students can fully benefit,” she said.

 

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