Malaysia: ‘Transform education system to meet UN’s development goals’

Asia/ Malasya/ 06.10.2019/ Source:

THE education system needs to be transformed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.

United Kingdom-based Nisai Group chief executive officer Dr Dhruv Patel said this could be done with education technology.

“Education technology allows us to reach young people who are hard to reach and put learners in a central learning experience.

“Traditionally, you have a teacher and a group of students. Technology allows you to personalise and differentiate the learning experience with good quality teachers,” he told the New Sunday Times at the Malaysian Booksellers Association seminar here yesterday.

Patel said technology had enabled educators to take classrooms to children.

“When we take classrooms to them, their parents will learn as well to improve their productivity and develop skills.

“The rural-urban migration that sees people relocating to big cities stresses the need to formalise online learning so that youth can develop skills from where they are and remain in their communities.”

He said for SDGs to achieve the 2030 target, education transformation needed to take place.

“We are talking about marginalised groups, people in rural areas who are without literacy and therefore unable to get jobs and pursue vocational skills training.”

SDGs are aimed at ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Patel said a cross-curricular approach in education was applicable in the 21st century.

“It is all about project-based learning, covering creativity, critical and high-order thinking skills. These can’t be achieved by ‘silo education’ alone.”

Patel said online learning was ideal for students with special needs.

He said Nisai Group recently signed a project agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Institute for Information Technologies in Education.

In line with this, Nisai recently launched a six-to-10 week course dedicated to research of SDGs, relating each goal to real-life situations.

In the course, students will identify ways for the goals to correspond with each other and find out how they could impact lives.

New Straits Times group editor Rashid Yusof spoke on the NST Online dealership at the seminar.

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Private Sector to Help Drive Indonesia’s Public Education Overhaul: F&E Group

Indonesia/September 26, 2017/Source:

Indonesia’s education sector will receive a big boost from a more robust involvement from the private sector to complement existing government efforts to improve the quality of public education in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

F&E Group unveiled a comprehensive plan to inject investment into the public education sector in the country ahead of its Global Educational Supplies and Solutions Indonesia (GESS Indonesia) event, which will take place on Sept. 27-29 at the Jakarta Convention Center.

«Our research shows that Indonesia has already made tremendous strides in improving access to basic education over the past two decades. Efforts are now being made to improve quality, but will need more private sector initiatives to support ongoing government programs aimed at improving teacher performance, as well as student learning experiences and skills that will help them become active contributors to Indonesia’s economy,» F&E Group project director Matt Thompson said in a statement.

According to a United Nations Population Fund report, Indonesia will have 65 million young people joining the workforce by 2035, as the education system is largely expected to give them the requisite skills to become employable.

The report prompted action from the Ministry of Education and Culture, which said the government is currently trying to local empower students to be capable of competing for jobs in Indonesia, or anywhere in the world.

«We are constantly reviewing our policies and programs to ensure no one is left behind, and each student is given the right education to be competent and competitive enough,» said Ananto Kusuma Seta, the Education Ministry’s special adviser for innovation and competitiveness.

Digital Education Market

With policy reforms designed to create a more accessible and responsive education system in the country, the government will also aim to reach its goal of raising the annual per capita income from $3500 in 2011 to $14,250 by 2025 through crucial technology adaptations as smartphone penetration in Indonesia is forecast to reach 100 million users in 2018.

To meet these demands, Indosat’s Ooredoo pledged $1 million in 2015 to enhance digital education aimed at providing cloud-based interactive classroom materials, tablets to schools in five provinces across the country and training teachers to possess necessary IT skills.

On the other hand, educational tech start-ups are also sprouting in Indonesia to help address the flourishing digital education market, like HarukaEdu, ArsaKids, KelasX, Cakra, Rabbit Hole, Generasi Cerdas, Youth Manual and Mediafon.

The GESS exhibition is expected to see more than 100 education suppliers and brands from across the globe showcase a wide range of products and solutions geared towards Indonesia’s education market.

These products include cutting-edge digital tools and software aimed at improving the teaching and learning experience in classrooms.

«In addition, we will also have a pavilion dedicated to start-ups as a way of supporting the private sector’s initiatives in implementing programs that hope to complement the government’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of education in Indonesia,» Thompson said.

GESS Indonesia’s admission is free for education professionals and will consist of over 100 sessions, workshops and presentations covering a variety of topics and themes addressing opportunities and challenges in Indonesia’s education sector.



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