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Teachers’ strategic role takes spotlight at international education conference

Teachers took the spotlight at the ongoing GESS Indonesia education show and conference at the Jakarta Convention Center.

At the opening of the national coordination meetings of the Indonesian Teachers Association (IGI), Anies Rasyid Baswedan, Ph.D., governor of DKI Jakarta and a respected academic, said amidst the frenzy about how technology is changing education, teachers remain a strategic anchor of the education process. “If education were only about repetition, technology can do facilitate repetitive learning, but teachers have a far more significant role of sharing positive values and the right attitude with students. Teachers cannot be replaced by technology.”

GESS Indonesia organisers have been working with the IGI since its inception, along with the Ministry of Education and Culture as well as the Jakarta Education Board, to support the professional development of teachers through the various presentations and workshops that are free-to-attend for teaching professionals.

Yohana Yance, principal of St Paulus Elementary School Jakarta, is thankful teachers are getting the attention, and support, they deserve. “As a school head, I see the need for more teachers to get professional development – to enhance their skills and abilities. Technology can help, but it is also important that we manage how technology is accessed and used not just by teachers, but also by students.”

Meanwhile, schools in Indonesia are expected to embrace and invest heavily on new education-focused technologies and applications, according to Craig Hansen, a highly respected transformation technologist; and Steven Sutantro, Google Certified Trainer, both guest speakers at GESS Indonesia.

Sutantro and Hansen likewise confirm the increasing practice of Bring-Your-Own-Device among students, a trend that is likely to continue as the education landscape in Indonesia increasingly turns digital.

Over at the exhibition floor of GESS Indonesia, a group of entrepreneurs at the start-up pavilion are showing signs of optimism about their future business prospects. Sony Eko Yanuar, head of operations of the Indonesia EdTech Association (INETA) says the start-up market for edtech is expected to boom in the next five to 10 years. “Online courses will be a main focal point of growth as students are expected to take more online courses for their specific fields of interest. We’re thankful for the opportunity to reach out to potential customers through exhibitions like GESS,” he added.

On its penultimate day, GESS Indonesia provides a full-line up of workshops and presentations including The Implementation of the Computer Competency Literacy Professional Certification Program by Satria Gunayoman, Director, TUK Biro Asesmen Profesi.
Meanwhile, every teacher’s concern about student becoming saturated and bored will be addressed by Surtina, Lecturer, Universitas Singaperbangsa Karawang, advising teachers on the innovative use of media to get students more engaged and excited about learning.

GESS Indonesia is open for free to teaching professionals, with online registration available at www.gessindonesia.com.


Anies Rasyid Baswedan, Ph.D., governor of DKI Jakarta, addresses delegates at GESS Indonesia.