SEAMOLEC, Bali. Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Ministry of Education and Culture and Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia held the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Workshop on Leveraging Digital Technology to Improve Education Quality in Rural and Remote Areas at the Aryaduta Hotel, Bali, Indonesia on 23-24 January 2019.
Together with other panelists from PUSTEKKOM, Ministry of Education of Malaysia, and Mejakita.com, SEAMOLEC Director presented in the session 2 about Sharing of Best Practice and Efforts Done by APEC Members on Leveraging Digital Technology to Improve Education Quality.
In this session, SEAMOLEC Director, Dr. R. Alpha Amirrachman, M.Phil. shared the institution’s experience with SIERRA (SEAMOLEC Educational Resources for Remote Areas) device which is developed by the Centre. SIERRA is a product that allows students to learn by accessing learning materials in form of video, audio, and other contents compiled in an offline site, by using their smart phones or personal computer (PC) without using internet connection and with less electricity as it is powered by a power bank, which can be charged with a solar cell.
Dr. Alpha said that SEAMOLEC is continuing to develop this device into a more sophisticated but much more efficient and effective one with much more enriching content materials. He invited interested parties to collaborate with SEAMOLEC to work hand-in-hand to make sure that students in remote areas are able to access to decent education.
He also added that the content materials should be values driven, meaning that we should be able to make students not only smart, intelligent and skillful, but also responsible and tolerant so later they can contribute to the betterment of society.
The workshop is participated by several distinguished panelists and participants from APEC economies. **