Education is the right of every citizen. It is unfortunate, however, that not all members of society in Indonesia have enjoyed good education. Limited facilities and economic condition made them have no access to education. This condition has inspired UGM students to develop an application to provide learning materials in a video format to junior and high school students. The UGM students are Fury Oktria Putra and Elok Pitaloka (Industrial Engineering students) and Damar Adi Prabowo (Computer student).
The app can connect students to their tutors so the students can learn anytime anywhere using facilities and materials that are in line with current curriculum in Indonesia. This app is one of big 50 ideas in the Young Social Entrepreneurs Programme. As a result, Fury and the team will compete with other teams from 26 countries on 19 March.
“Ezdu gives a solution to children in isolated places that want to learn and achieve things like their peers in big cities,” he said on Wednesday (9/3) at Faculty of Engineering.
Fury explained big city children can buy the app to have full access to the video materials they have provided. This would connect them to tutors through chat, telephone, and video call (skype) or direct meeting.
Revenues from this app will later be allocated to students in isolated places to enable them have the same access to the Ezdu app. These children will be given smartphone facilities and internet access, so they will have same access to education.
“The Edzu app is aimed at providing equal education to students across Indonesia; hopefully, all students can eventually have proper education and teachers,” he said.
Devara Izaz Fathan, student chairman of SMAN 1 Yogyakarta high school that has tried the app said that the app was easy to use. It is innovative amidst the flourishing private classes that are unable to reach to the underprivileged students.
He hopes the app can be an alternative to the effort to resolve education access problems in isolated areas. It is expected that students in those areas can also obtain education and make achievements like their peers in big cities.