RI urges G20 to use digital technology to improve education quality

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We want to accelerate (measures to overcome) our lack of use of technology, especially in the field of education

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s G20 Presidency has urged G20 countries to encourage the use of digital technology to improve the quality of education and tackle learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic .

G20 Education Working Group (EdWG) leader Iwan Syahril said President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has asked stakeholders to promote the use of technology to address access issues, quality issues and equity issues in education.

“We want to accelerate (measures to overcome) our lack of use of technology, especially in the field of education. At the same time, we must also pay attention to the vulnerable group of people,” Syahril said during of a discussion on “Qualified Education to Face the World of Work after the Pandemic” in Jakarta on Thursday.

The G20 is an international forum of 19 countries and the European Union working together to address big issues. Indonesia holds the presidency of the G20 this year.

The Education Working Group (EdWG) is one of the G20 working groups examining factors facilitating or hindering the right to education and the achievement of higher education.

During the discussion, Syahril said Indonesia’s G20 Presidency has also raised questions regarding the future of the post-pandemic world of work or “The future of work after COVID-19”.

He explained that this theme had been raised given the massive disruptions seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The 4.0 revolution during the pandemic is increasingly disrupted. We must rethink together the relevance of the world of education to prepare our human resources for tomorrow,” he remarked.

He said that to prepare human resources for the future, one of the most important things is to restore learning and transform the education system.

One of the most important and recommended steps to achieve this is to focus on the most fundamental skills, he added.

“Indonesia before the pandemic had already undergone a transformation after we changed the national exam to a national assessment, where previously we focused on content and now we focus on basic skills, namely literacy, numeracy and character,” he said.

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