WeKiddo chief executive Ferry Irawan and his team at a press conference in Jakarta on Friday. (Photo Courtesy of WeKiddo)

Rise of e-Learning Apps Amid Covid-19 Pandemic


MARCH 13, 2020

Jakarta. E-learning apps may be the cough syrup for suspended school activities amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared the Covid-19 as a pandemic with 125,000 cases all over the globe. As of Saturday, the number of confirmed cases in Indonesia jumped to 96 with five fatalities.


Due to its alarming virality, the disease has globally put numerous activities in public spaces to a halt.

In Indonesia, major public events have been canceled following the government's advice against mass gatherings, including the  Formula E race. Companies are starting to encourage their workers to work from home while waiting out the outbreak.

On Saturday, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has put students on a two-week recess and advised schools to carry out distance learning. With the on-going pandemic, this is where e-learning apps play their role in assuring that students can resume their school activities from home.

"The outbreak most impacts the school staff members and students because their preparation for the long-awaited national exam can be disrupted, and the syllabus may be put on hold," Ferry Irawan, chief executive of e-learning app WeKiddo, said in Jakarta on Friday.

In face of Covid-19, WeKiddo chimes in to ease the classroom transition to the cloud, Ferry said.

Launched since 2019, WeKiddo serves as a communication platform between schools, parents as well as students.

The app allows teachers to give assignments and projects that can be done at home. Parents can monitor their children's learning activities, including their scores, schedules, and attendance from their phones.

The excellent communication between the three can pique a more robust growth for the students because they can easily reach out to both parents and teachers if they encounter any issue, according to Jakarta Education Agency higher education head Waluyo.

As of now, the app has worked alongside 47 schools across Jakarta and Bogor area.