Published on June 11, 2014 um 15:22
Summary of your idea
Promoting STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) in Indonesia, where the vast land limits the outreach of education to the rural areas. Rural schools, away from modern Indonesia, is the main victim of lack of budgets as many urban cities received more entitlements and attentions. The rural schools, therefore, may have to compensate by opting out for expensive facilities over overhead within the limited budget. The school is forced to create a syllabus or offer subjects based on the availability of the facilities. This not only spell a less adept students from the schools as compared to the fortunate urban school students, but also the inevitable inadequateness for their seek for employment in the future. Moving Lab was conceived to address such issues. A specially designed vehicle will be dispatched to different rural schools, with specific laboratory classroom inside. The aim of the Moving Laboratory Programme is to supplement teachers with the A&E Apparatuses and Equipments required to complement their lessons, of which may be unavailable due to the budget constraint. This in turn will improve the teaching quality of that particular school. A part of a subject, a module or a supplementary course could be conducted in the room. The programme will cover Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Computer related subjects. Moving Lab will provide supplementary training to educators in order to improve their competency as well as boosting their confidence on the proficiency on using the A&E. This is the beauty of the Moving Lab which is to render the equipments that bound to collect dust obsolete, which will allow the precious budget to be chanelled to recruit talents.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Indonesias score on STEM internationally does not reflect the nation whose GDP is tenth largest in the world. The social impact is numerous. Moving Lab will strengthen the principle subjects that make up STEM, with the high hope of raising the standard. Rural schools will and should have equally qualified teachers as any other urban schools in theory, and with the introduction of the programme, the gap that divide the urban and rural schools in terms of their facilities could now be narrowed. Rural areas will not suffer from brain drain of which talented individuals move to the more developed areas in search of better education. Students benefited from the programme should see the increase in their score in STEM related subjects improved out of the better concept learnt through practical lessons. In addition, in the current digital world, the ability to use computer has become a prerequisite if not necessity for any career. Introducing computer lesson and finally programming skills will put Indonesia to be among the first to have coding introduced in the basic subjects. Indonesia, therefore, will produce more bright students that have the potential to be the future leaders. One need not to mention the social mobility stimulated by producing intelligent individuals for the republic.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The Moving Lab will be customized according to different programmes offered to the schools. The area of influence will initially be limited to a regency.The First rural schools will be accessed on their availability on the A&E and a recommended program will then be issued to the school. Upon acceptance and agreed schedule, the Moving Lab will arrive a day before the actual use of the mobile for preparation. Waves of students will use the amenities provided as long as their lessons ensues. After the particular chapter of the syllabus which requires the A&E is completed, Moving Lab will head on to the next school with the same programme. The main obstacle to this project would be the need for huge initial investment in terms of the purchasing and costumisation of the vehicle, preferably with the state of the art technology. The programme is also meant to support Indonesias noble objective to improve its education. With this alignment, it is hopeful to tap into the $37.2 billion allocated budget for education (as of 2014) by the means of School Operational Aid. Moving Lab is designed to function under the wing of governmental body as Public Benefit Organisation. Should that alternative does not work, the sale of lab packages to schools shall be the main stream of income. Head of the government administration will need to lend its full support and cooperation, as well as of the residents, will be vital to the success to the programme. Various channels of support will be forged to gain support of this national programme from educational institutions, socially responsible corporation and Teaching and Science Association.
Last year in November, Elizabeth, Eric and Hardi were brought together by a common dream of improving Indonesias education. As cliche as it sounds, we have then since called ourselves the Dream Team. With 23 years of age, all of us have international exposure of education abroad, of which we dream Indonesia to have one day. Elizabeth is a young professional research marketer with a dream of a better education opportunities for Indonesians. Despite having a settled professional career, her dream has always been to one day go back to Indonesia and open up schools for the unprivileged. She believes that a country can be changed through education one child at a time. Eric is a process-driven marketer with complete passion in Online business area. He believes that education is the key in preparing competitive future professionals. And together with young-generation, it creates a vicious cycle which will improve nations living standard. Hardi has always been wanting to be a great Aerospace engineer, but the failure to prepare during his childhood, it is his greatest wish that no other child should go through that. Three of us hope to be the inspiring force for the young generation of Indonesia to come.
Stage of Idea
Your idea has a positive impact on
education, poverty reduction, youth