Documentaries on Netflix. (JG Photo/Iwan Putuhena)

Netflix Documentaries to Air on TVRI for Distance Learning 

BY :MARIA FATIMA BONA

JUNE 18, 2020

Jakarta. The Education and Culture Ministry has announced a partnership with movie streaming service Netflix to air documentary programs for students during the end-of-school-year holiday.

For the first time in the world, Netflix Original documentaries will be broadcast on terrestrial television.

Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim said the Netflix documentaries would be part of the "Learning from Home" program to support distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The documentaries will air every Saturday at 9.30 p.m. and every Sunday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. starting June 20 on state-owned broadcaster TVRI.

"The Education and Culture Ministry appreciates Netflix's support in collaboration with the government to broadcast its best documentaries on national television for the first time in the world. We hope the public welcomes this effort and use it to expand their knowledge in a fun and entertaining manner," Nadiem said in a press release received by Suara Pembaruan on Wednesday.

He said the Learning from Home program, which was launched on April 12, was an alternative learning platform designed for students stuck at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ministry wants to ensure students continue to receive education from home, one of them through the state television channel with the broadest reach in Indonesia. 

"The Learning from Home program on TVRI is intended to help students, parents and teachers who have limited internet access due to economic constraints or their geographical location," Nadiem said.

He added that during the school holiday the ministry remains committed to provide high-quality educational and entertaining programs.

This effort was recognized by Netflix, who contributed to providing world-class content for this collaboration at no cost.

Aside from collaborating with Netflix, Nadiem said the ministry does not rule out the possibility of cooperating with other world-class partners to provide the best educational material for all Indonesians.

Netflix's vice president of content, Bela Bajaria, said Netflix offers a variety of programs, including award-winning films, television series for children and families as well as documentaries.

Through this collaboration with the Education and Culture Ministry, more Indonesians will be able to access and enjoy Netflix Original documentaries.

The Netflix Original learning documentaries that will be available on the Learning from Home program include Our Planet, Street Food: Asia, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, Spelling the Dream, Chasing Coral and Night on Earth.

All the documentaries will come with Indonesian subtitles.

"We hope that Indonesian people of all ages can learn and be inspired by the amazing nature when watching documentaries such as Our Planet and Night on Earth, or by stories about persistence and exploration in Spelling the Dream and Street Food: Asia," she said.

The Learning from Home program on TVRI focuses on improving literacy and numeracy skills, character development and broadening cultural insights.

The ministry said it welcomes positive content, both from Indonesia and abroad, as a form of cooperation in learning during this global crisis.

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