ALEF PROVIDES A LEARNING PLATFORM FOR MADRASA STUDENTS
Alef Education gives free online learning services for 500 thousand madrasa students for six months.
COVID-19 has forced education institutions in Indonesia to change their learning method from face-to-face to online learning. Running from this background, an education startup from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Alef Education, gives online learning services for 500 thousand madrasa students for free for six months.
"We give free access to our learning services for 500 thousand madrasah students under the Ministry of Religion (Kemenag)," said Indonesia Implementation Manager, Alef Education Juvetius Suhartono in a virtual press conference, Wednesday (14/7).
Online learning system with attractive approaches
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Alef Education offers an online learning platform with attractive features and modules with the format of videos. There are also games, task features, a summary at the end of a chapter, feedback for student's assessment, and data analysis. Alef also has artificial intelligence (AI) technology on the platform.
Juvetius said that Alef Education platform could also be used for teachers and schools to provide learning materials and tasks for students integrated into one platform. The platform can also be used for students to study online at home or in class.
Alef Education COO Nadir Zafar sees excellent potential for the use of digital platforms in the education sector. For this reason, the company collaborates with the Ministry of Religion to make it easier for students and teachers to hold online learning in the current pandemic era.
The General Director of Islamic Education (Dirjen Pendis) of the Ministry of Religion Muhammad Ali Ramdhani said that the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge for the 10 million students under the guidance of the Ministry of Religion. "They must continue to study even at home," he said.
Based on the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, tens of millions of students conducted learning at home using the distance learning method last year. There are at least 68,729,037 students who study at home. Elementary School/Madrasah Ibtidaiah/equivalent students mostly follow the home-study approach, namely 28,587,688 students who research distance. Meanwhile, for Junior High School/Madrasah Tsanawiyah/equivalent followed by 13,086,424 students studying at home.
Teacher is challenged on how to be more creative on teaching
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The pandemic situation is still not showing any signs of ending. Its emergence brings massive changes in our life that we call the 'new normal.’ The biggest challenge is how creative a teacher or lecturer should conduct attractive yet conducive online learning situations. Flexibility is encouraged as they need to change the teaching methods from conventional to digital. This is the part of the changes that we can see in technology-based education.
Education is the sector that is most affected during the pandemic. The learning system at various levels must inevitably undertake an online learning system that is very open to technology. Although it looks to run smoothly and is deemed well-to-do, it's undeniable that we're still facing many challenges, mainly if we are linked to education at a higher level, which becomes a starting point for generating the best-qualified human resources.
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