As Indonesia continues to stress and develop a burgeoning tech scene, Indosat Ooredoo one of Indonesia’s largest telecos, is investing in the country’s digital education infrastructure.
Indosat Ooredoo has pledged US$1 million to support teachers, build infrastructure and improve the education process in 65 schools participating in the Hasri Ainun Habibie ORBIT Foundation and the CREATE CyberSchool from CREATE Foundation.
The five-year-long program is called ‘Indonesia Belajar’ (Indonesia is learning) and equips each school with tablets preloaded with education tools. Furthermore, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia will train 500 teachers to help them integrate the new technology into their classrooms.
“This is in line with the Ministry’s strategic goal to strengthen the roles of teachers, parents and education institution staff in an integrated education ecosystem. We appreciate Indosat Ooredoo’s commitment. We hope that Indonesia’s education world keeps on improving and is able to boost Indonesia’s competitive advantage globally,” said Anies Baswedan, the Minister of Education and Culture.
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CREATE CyberSchool is a cloud-based education platform from the Indonesian think tank CREATE Foundation, which was founded in 2004.
The stated goals of the CREATE Foundation are “To foster youth development to become active, productive and love scientific activities, and capable of applying his/her knowledge towards development of products/services which are fruitful to society, nation and human kind.”
Founder and Head Trustee at CREATE Ilham Habibie is also a member on the board at the Hasri Ainun Habibie ORBIT Foundation.
He is the first son of former Indonesian president and aeronautical engineering expert BJ Habibie, who succeeded his father’s work in developing and manufacturing N-250 airplanes through state-owned Indonesian Aerospace (Dirgantara Indonesia).
CREATE has a heavy emphasis on science and technology in schools making a telco giant partnership logical.
“By supporting the roll out of the CREATE CyberSchool both students and teachers will enjoy the benefits of the Foundation’s innovative educational software, enhancing educational processes at the same time,” said Alexander Rusli, President Director and CEO 0f Indosat Ooredoo, in an official statement.
Ooredoo Group is a communications giant headquarted in Doha, Qatar. On November 19th, Indosat, already an Ooredoo operator, adopted the brand. During the change, Indosat Ooredoo also launched a business strategy with the goal to enhance accessibility.