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Intel wins government mandate to extend education programs in Indonesia

Intel has joined with the Indonesian Ministry of National Education to accelerate the Intel® Teach Program, which provides the skills and tools teachers need to integrate technology into classroom curricula.

In March 2010, Intel and the Ministry signed a MoU which enables Intel to continue its participation and cooperation with education institutions on technology training programs for educators – under the umbrella of the Ministry.

Minister of National Education, Muhammad Nuh, said ICT was critical in ensuring the quality of the national education system and in turn, vital to ensure future economic growth.

"In working with Intel on the Intel Teach Program, the Department of National Education aims for its teachers to gain access to richer sources of learning," Mr Nuh said.

"The government views the use of ICT in education as evolving through four phases: basic internet/broadband connectivity, transaction (exchange of information), collaboration between teachers and students and ultimately, transformation (teachers with greater ICT skills). The Ministry of National Education sees ICT as a supporter, driver, enabler, transformer in the education sector."

Budi Wahyu Jati, Country Manager at Intel Indonesia, said "An investment in education means more highly skilled workers and an improved economy for better business growth. Technology plays an integral role in helping teachers and students develop key 21st Century skills."

"With the help of the Ministry of Education, Intel can help teachers teach more effectively and enhance student learning by breeding creativity and innovation in a more productive learning environment."