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Indosat Ooredoo commits to digital education initiatives in Indonesia

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Indosat Ooredoo commits to digital education initiatives in Indonesia
‘Indonesia Belajar’ program leverages power of digital to improve education processes and empower teachers as well as provide vital digital infrastructure

Jakarta, Indonesia

At a celebratory event in Jakarta to mark Indosat’s transformation into Indosat Ooredoo attended by Ministers, key business people and influential figures, Indosat Ooredoo announced that it will extend existing program, “Indonesia Belajar” (Indonesia’s Learning) to include a focus on digital education initiatives. 

In a demonstration of its commitment to bring digital to the Indonesian people Indosat Ooredoo pledged US$1 million to support digital education initiatives over the next five years.  This focus will be divided between 3 digital pillars; improving education processes, empowering teachers and providing digital infrastructure. 

On November 19th Indosat became the eighth operator in the Ooredoo Group to adopt the Ooredoo brand.  This digital-first announcement saw the Indosat Ooredoo campaign become the top trending topic on Twitter in Indonesia during the launch as well as the website recording 10x its usual traffic, reaching 500,000 hits by 20th November with nearly three-quarters of these mobile users.  The transformation was announced alongside the launch of a dedicated business strategy to build Indonesia’s leading digital telco and bring digital to the people by making this technology more accessible and affordable for everyone and every business.

Dr Nasser Marafih, President Commissioner, Indosat Ooredoo added: “Mobile technology has created new ways of delivering education, of collaborating and of sharing knowledge.  The commitment to digital education announced today is a first-step towards creating a digital ecosystem which supports the advancement of the nation’s education and which enables access to this for all.”

“Indonesia Belajar’s digital education initiatives are one of the ways that we will deliver on our commitment to bring digital to the people.  With this five-year program Indosat Ooredoo aspires to create interactive educational environments and empower students and teachers alike,” said President Director and CEO Indosat Ooredoo, Alexander Rusli.

As part of its work to improve education processes Indonesia Belajar will support the pilot across 65 schools of the Hasri Ainun Habibie ORBIT Foundation and CREATE Foundation’s CREATE CyberSchool.  CREATE CyberSchool is a cloud-based education platform, aligned with the national curriculum, which can be downloaded to tablets enabling students to access quality education wherever they are. 

Each participating school will be equipped with tablets pre-loaded with the educational software.  In parallel to this Indosat Ooredoo will partner with the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia to train 500 teachers, empowering them to use digital tools to increase digital literacy and deliver a high quality education for all.

Alexander Rusli added: “Alongside this we are honoured to announce our partnership with CREATE Foundation and Hasri Ainun Habibi ORBIT Foundation.  By supporting the rollout of the CREATE CyberSchool both students and teachers will enjoy the benefits of the Foundation’s innovative educational software, enhancing educational processes at the same time.  We believe the digital world can provide fundamental support to the education sector, helping to make education more accessible to children across Indonesia.” 

H.E. Minister of Education and Culture, Anies Baswedan commented, “The Ministry fully supports Indosat Ooredoo’s commitment through Indonesia Belajar to use digital technology to help improve access to education for children in Indonesia.”

He added, “This is in line with the Ministry’s strategic goal to strengthen the roles of teachers, parents and education institution staff in an integrated education ecosystem. We appreciate Indosat Ooredoo’s commitment. We hope that Indonesia’s education world keeps on improving and is able to boost Indonesia’s competitive advantage globally.”

About Ooredoo

Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region” at the 2015 International Business Awards.

The company reported revenues of US$ 9.1 billion in 2014 and had a consolidated global customer base of 114.9 million customers as of 30 September 2015. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

About Indosat Ooredoo

Indosat Ooredoo (IDX:ISAT), member of Ooredoo Group, is building Indonesia’s leading digital telco, enabling access and greater connectivity for everybody and every business. Focusing on human growth, Indosat Ooredoo aspires to enrich the lives of Indonesians in the digital world and proactively offer solutions to fulfill their needs.

The company reported 69 million mobile customers as of Q3 2015 and has recorded an increase of 155% in data usage compared to the same period last year. Supported by 3,000 employees, Indosat Ooredoo has recorded an increase revenue of 10.5% compared to the same period last year.  Indosat Ooredoo was recognised in the Most Innovative Company of the Year category in the 2015 Asia Pacific Stevie Awards.

For other information about Indosat Ooredoo, please visit www.indosatooredoo.com   


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