Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim attends a hearing with the House of Representatives' Commission X in Jakarta on Jan. 28. (Antara Photo/Dhemas Reviyanto)
Education Ministry Teams Up with TVRI to Deliver Distance Learning
APRIL 09, 2020
Jakarta. The Education and Culture Ministry released the "Learning from Home" program to support the distance learning process. The ministry collaborated with state-owned broadcaster TVRI to run the education program during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"This program aims to help students learn at home during the pandemic. Not all students and teachers have the ability to access online learning platforms optimally," Minister Nadiem Makarim said in a teleconference in Jakarta on Thursday.
The "Learning from Home" program is the ministry's effort to assist learning for all people, especially those in remote areas who have limited internet access due to economic challenges and geographical location.
Nadiem added that the program was an immediate response from the Education and Culture Ministry to the House of Representatives' Commission X recommendation to team up with the state television, which has nationwide coverage.
"Learning from Home Program starts airing on TVRI on Monday, April 13, at 8.00 a.m," Nadiem said.
He explained that the program would run for the next three months with a learning curriculum for all levels of elementary and high schools. The program also includes cultural shows on weekends.
The learning material will focus on improving literacy, numeracy, and character-building for students. The Education and Culture Ministry will also conduct monitoring and evaluation of the program together with non-governmental organizations.
"What should be noted is that in such condition, [we are still able to] give meaningful education," Nadiem said.
The pandemic has forced classrooms to close under the physical distancing policy to contain the spread of the virus. Nadiem said his ministry is open to collaboration with any institutions to ensure that students can still catch up their lessons outside their schools.