As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the classroom learning experience for many across Indonesia, Microsoft has teamed up with Indonesia’s Teachers Association (PGRI) to launch Gurulympics 2020, an initiative that aims to improve the digital skills of teachers.
Gurulympics 2020 is a continuation of the recently concluded Innovative Teacher Training of Trainers (TOT) program, a joint initiative between Microsoft and PGRI to upskill teachers and improve the quality of education in Indonesia.
“Making technology accessible and increasing IT expertise is vital to help the education sector move forward in a time of change,” said Haris Izmee, President Director of Microsoft Indonesia.
The TOT program kicked off in June 2020 and was attended by 6,985 teacher across Indonesia. The number has now increased to over 100,000 teachers from 34 provinces in the country.
“Teachers who receive this training can inspire and guide others leading to a snowball effect for the TOT program that will eventually spread to all corners of Indonesia,” said Syamsul Rijal, Principal and TOT Master Trainer.
Gurulympics 2020 will pick up from TOT’s record number and will provide teachers with upskill training in more aspects of digital learning, including training in technological literacy, cyber pedagogy, social media, and instructional design.
“We are looking forward for this event to become a technology accelerator in the education sector and be a part of Microsoft’s contribution to empowering this country,” added Mr. Izmee.
Teachers will be trained to master Microsoft Office 365 and will be awarded with a certificate upon completion.
“The Gurulympics and TOT program will help increase the creativity and collaboration of teachers with their students throughout Indonesia. We want out children to be ready for the next level with the latest knowledge at their fingertips,” said Indonesian Teachers’ Association Chairwoman, Professor Unifah Rosyidi.
By utilising technology to support accessibility of education, digital transformation in the sector can be accelerated in accordance with the priority of education in the national development agenda (Nawa Cita), namely in improving its quality.
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