Improving access to quality education is one of the primary challenges the Indonesian government is keen to address, delegates were told during the opening of GESS Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest education show and conference, on Wednesday (14/09).
Ananto Kusuma, a representative of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, said, not everyone gets access to the same educational services, especially in remote areas of the country. Here, advanced technology can make a difference so that students in the border areas can get the same services as those in Java.
He cited the assistance of the private sector in this regard, such as initiatives in partnership with Google Educators and the British Council.
During the opening ceremony of the three-day education show, leading education and industry personalities gathered to share their insights on the opportunities and challenges confronting the Indonesian education sector. This included Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat; Tazeen Fasih, senior economist in education global practice at the World Bank; Dr. Gatot Hari Priowirjanto, director of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Secretariat (Seames); Syarika Bralini, head of the Committee for Innovation in Cultural Industries at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin); and Peter Massey, managing director for Southeast Asia at Tarsus, the parent company of F&E Education, which is organizing GESS Indonesia.
More than 4,000 education professionals are expected to visit the show over the next three days to learn from local and international education experts, who will be featured in over 120 sessions, workshops and presentations covering a variety of topics and themes designed to enhance the quality of classroom teaching and learning in Indonesia.
Indonesia has made great strides in developing its education sector. According Ananto, around 95 percent of Indonesians were illiterate when the country claimed its independence in 1945, while now, only 3.6 percent still lack literacy skills.
F&E Education project director Matt Thompson said, as Indonesia continues its impressive efforts to develop its education sector, they are delighted to be a partner in helping education stakeholders achieve new milestones by providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices that will push the education sector to new heights. He added, alongside the conference, more than 100 companies representing over 20 countries will be showcasing the very latest products and solutions aimed at improving the teaching and learning experience across schools in Indonesia.