Indonesia-based edutech startup Zenius Education has formed a joint collaborative initiative with regional unicorn Gojek to introduce free digital educational services, which include live sessions, on the super app’s platform. This is in response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak that has befallen the world’s largest island nation, which has kept many people indoors in a bid to flatten the curve and stop the spread of the pandemic. As a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak, many schools and educational centers in the Southeast Asia region were forced to close, and there is no clear indication when they might be able to open anytime soon. Presently, there is a shift to online learning in the region to keep education going for youngsters and children. Zenius’ collaboration with Gojek will ensure that Indonesia’s students will continue to have access to important educational and learning material free of charge while expanding its reach to many more new users on the Gojek platform, which number in the hundreds of millions.
Some of the excellent educational and learning services provided by the edutech startup are live teaching and chatting sessions conducted by qualified tutors. Called Zenius Live Classes, these online classes enable students to directly interact with the tutors as they teach a wide spectrum of subjects live online. Apart from the Zenius Live Classes, students are also provided free study plans that help them to organize and structure their learning processes to be more efficient and effective.
Complementing the live teaching classes are a vast library of learning videos that span subjects ranging from the elementary to junior high, and to high school levels for the 2013 curriculum, 2013 revised curriculum, and KTSP curriculum. These educational videos help students to prepare for their national exams, such as the Ujian Nasional Berbasis Komputer (UNBK) or Computer Based Test (CBT), Ujian Tulis Berbasis Komputer (UTBK), SPMB PKN STAN, as well as university entrance exams like the SIMAK UI (UI Entrance Selection). To round out the free online learning experience for students, Zenius also provides work material in the form of numerous daily tests and practical questions that are presented in a clear, easy-to-understand manner that encourages independent thinking and learning, which is in line with the edutech startup’s vision of fostering a generation of students who are capable of critical thinking, guided by a deep love of learning.
According to Rohan Monga, chief executive officer of Zenius Education, the edutech startup has not slowed down in its efforts to provide students an easily accessible pathway to continue their education and independent learning process while at home during the COVID-19 outbreak and has continuously sought ways of developing new and innovative approaches to enable students to continue their studies during this difficult time. The joint collaboration between Zenius and Gojek will allow the edutech startup to reach more students throughout the country via the super app, and as a result, more students nationwide will be able to leverage Zenius Education’s online learning services. The Indonesian edutech startup has made an extensive impact on the country’s education landscape since its launch in 2004. In 2017, Zenius Education managed to achieve its status as one of Indonesia’s top 10 startups.