Kuala Lumpur, Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) of Indonesia — Head of Research and Development Body of MoEC, Totok Suprayitno had a chance to participate in the 4th Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (SDEM) representing the Minister, Muhadjir Effendy. This dialogue was held during the 50th Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 24, 2019. This session was participated by the Minister of Education of Brunei Darussalam, Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Hamzah bin Hj Sulaiman, Minister of Education of Singapore, Ong Ye Kung, and Minister of Education and Training of Vietnam, Phung Xuan Nha with Director of SEAMEO RIHED, Chantavid Sujatanond as moderator.
This session was held to respond to the previous presentation of a keynote speaker, the Head of Information and Communication (ICT) Unit of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarter, Fengchun Miao. The adopted theme was ”The Future of Education: Leveraging Technology in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Quality and Equitable Education".
Totok Suprayitno in his presentation elaborated how Indonesia continuously utilizing technology development in advancing education and culture. For instance, Indonesia conducted Computer-based National Examination which has been participated by 8,3 million students in the level of junior and senior high schools covering 104.000 schools. The use of computer has proven to be efficient and reducing the improper acts of students in working on the exam test.
Head of Research and Development Body of MoEC also added that MoEC in cooperation with the Ministry of Communication and Informatics held the Digital Talent Scholarship 2019, to look for talented students in digital field through digital innovation competition.
Currently, the SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia also involved in developing Artificial Intelligence to boost the quality of education. One of them is through introduction to logics by utilizing Artificial Intelligence in secondary school level through a programme called SEA Creative Camp.
Other than that, SEAMEO SEAMOLEC and SEAMEO RECFON are developing Artificial Intelligence for nutrition. SEAMEO SEAMOLeC in cooperation with the ICT Center of MoEC is developing Artificial Intelligence to be applied in Rumah Belajar Open Educational Resources (OER) Hub by optimizing and making effective use of it to be easily accessed at anytime and anywhere. Therefore, the development of technology especially on Artificial Intelligence is expected to boost the quality and access to education.
Totok also mentioned that the development of technology is not merely utilized to improve access to education, but also for its quality, and this will be a challenge for all. Besides, the gap of technology advancement within one country or among countries, including the implication of ethics, social and humanism in the development of technology are important things to note and considered as a challenge for everyone to deal with.
“This challenge needs to be formulated together so that all of us could take maximum benefits from technology development, especially through Artificial Intelligence to boost the advancement of education and culture,” said Totok.
Totok also took the opportunity to cordially invites all participants and SEAMEO member countries to attend and actively participate in the "International Conference: Embedding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education Policy and Practice for Southeast Asia”, which will be held in Jakarta, on September 18-19, 2019. This event is a cooperation among MoEC, Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education, Ministry of Communication and Informatics, and 7 SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia.
There will be 7 sub-themes to be discussed in this international conference, they are: the latest trends of humanistic AI: challenges and opportunities; AI research and planning in Southeast Asian education policy; AI development for early childhood, basic and secondary education; promoting digital talents for development of values and skills in AI era; the latest development of AI ecosystem; distance education for ensuring inclusive and lifelong learning through AI; and best practices of AI utilization in teaching and learning. (Anandes Langguana/Alpha Amirachman).