Amanda Witdarmono and Sabda P.S. from Zenius at the launch of 'Semua Bisa Zenius' in Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Diana Mariska)

Anyone Can Be a Zenius: Online Learning Platform Allows Free Access to Content


DECEMBER 18, 2019

Jakarta. Online learning platform Zenius has opened access to all of its content, which includes 80,000 educational videos, for free as part of a new campaign called "Semua Bisa Zenius," or "Anyone Can Be a Zenius."

Zenius founder Sabda P.S. said in Jakarta on Wednesday the program is part of the education technology company's commitment to deliver education to students and learners from all around the country, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Previously, users need to pay a membership fee to access content on the Zenius application and website, but now they can do it for free. All they have to do is register with the platform.

Indonesia currently has 148,244 elementary schools, but only 38,960 junior high schools and 13,495 senior high schools.

The figures reflect an unfortunate reality that only a limited number of students can continue their education beyond elementary schools. 

Financial restriction is one big contributing factor to the diminishing number of students in secondary schools. The other is access to infrastructure. Many students can't go to school simply because it is located too far away from where they live.

The free access program from Zenius is expected to provide basic education for students with limited access to education infrastructure, Saba said. 

He highlighted the fact that internet access can grow faster in archipelagos like Indonesia than roads or schools. 

What Zenius is trying to do according to Sabda is optimizing access to the internet that most Indonesians already have while waiting for physical development to catch up.

Zenius' chief of education initiatives Amanda Witdarmono said the majority of internet users in Indonesia are 15- to 19-year-olds. She said she was confident the free access program would be able to provide them with quality education.

Zenius focuses on conceptual comprehension and reasoning development instead of rote learning for their educational material. Amanda said Zenius also continues to evolve its delivery method to catch up with the times.