The Jakarta provincial government agreed on Friday to cooperate with Tokopedia and the Australian Council for Educational Research on the development of a smart city and to improve its education system. (Photo courtesy of Tokopedia)

Jakarta Gains Strategic Partners to Assist With Smart City Project and Education

BY :NUR YASMIN

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

Jakarta. The Jakarta provincial government agreed on Friday to cooperate with strategic partners on the development of a smart city and improve its education system.

The city will partner with the nonprofit Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to improve education in the province, and with e-commerce firm Tokopedia on the development of a smart city.

The city will collaborate with ACER on joint research to assess elementary students between grades 3 and 6 through computer-based math tests, which will assist teachers to design better curricula and teaching methods.

Didih Hartaya, head of elementary and special education at the provincial education department, said the research is also expected to help teachers improve their skills and capacity.

"This is the role of the assessment, to help teachers decide which teaching method to apply," Didih said.

Lani Ganda, ACER's representative for Indonesia, said they were looking forward to continuing to improve literacy assessments.

"ACER Indonesia is committed to continue cooperation with the Jakarta education department to improve the quality of education assessments in Indonesia," she said.

Separately, the Jakarta government also signed an agreement with Tokopedia on Friday to support its smart city project.

"Tokopedia, as an Indonesian tech company, is committed to improving digital literacy to ease people's lives and digitally accelerate economic inclusivity in Indonesia," said Astri Wahyuni, director of public policy and government relations at the e-commerce giant.

The program focuses on economic actors and public services. It will train partners to assist micro-, small and medium enterprises to be more competitive and contribute to the digital economy.

In public services, Tokopedia will digitalize public transportation and tourism and build a digital literacy garden. The partnership will also improve the Jakarta Smart Card (KJP) for students.

"This cooperation aims to encourage companies to bolster digitalization in Indonesia, including in the economy and public services. The public could receive services online to also start businesses," Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said during the signing.

Tokopedia provides an e-commerce platform to more than 6.2 million vendors, 70 percent of which are new businesses.

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