INCO announces the organization Putera Sampoerna Foundation-School Development Outreach supported and funded by INCO Education Accelerator  Project Leader


An emergency response program to advance digital learning opportunities for vulnerable children

Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, education systems around the world are shifting to distance learning. However, many children around the world, particularly those from under resourced communities, are vulnerable to severe educational consequences in the short and long run.

With the support of Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, INCO has launched the INCO Education Accelerator to ensure that the most vulnerable children have access to a high-quality education. This program is funded as part of Google.org's global initiative, the Distance Learning Fund. The INCO Education Accelerator is focusing its efforts across 9 countries in Europe and Asia where schooling has been tremendously disrupted by the crisis: China, Spain, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, the Philippines and Turkey.

In these countries, 18 organizations who are recognized for their excellence in education-focused programs will now benefit from financial support as well as tailor-made technical assistance to accelerate their transition to a remote model through the digitization of their activities, so that they can continue to provide equitable access to education for children with the greatest needs, during and after the crisis. In Indonesia, one of the supported organization is Putera Sampoerna Foundation-School Development Outreach.

Rowan Barnett - Head of Google.org in EMEA and APAC:

Google.org has long been committed to close education gaps. With the COVID-19 crisis and associated school closures, that mission has become all the more critical. We believe that technology, when applied thoughtfully, has a vital role to play in increasing access to high quality learning opportunities in the midst of the crisis; it can get more books to students and more lesson plans to teachers. We are excited to support the INCO Education Accelerator and the participating frontline nonprofits in creating solutions for communities across Asia and Europe that enable students, particularly those from underserved communities, to keep learning.

Nicolas Hazard - Founder and President, INCO:

With the INCO Education Accelerator and thanks to the support from Google.org, we want to enable as many underserved children as possible to pursue their schooling without disruption. For us, the long-term goal of this program is to build a more inclusive and sustainable world, where young people and education are the center of all concerns.

As an emergency response program, the INCO Education Accelerator will be implemented rapidly over the next 3-6 months, with the overarching goal of ensuring equitable access to education for a more inclusive and sustainable world.

Presentation of the supported organizations:

Putera Sampoerna Foundation - School Development Outreach

Reaching out to more than 135,000 teachers in 800 schools, Putera Sampoerna Foundation-School Development Outreach (PSF-SDO) provides education development services to improve the quality of schools and provide teachers greater access to professional development and has impacted more than 4 million students in Indonesia.

PSF-SDO will adapt their existing programs onto an integrated online platform, supporting underperforming schools, especially in STEM-focused subjects, and providing cost-effective professional development for more than 1500 teachers in Indonesia.

Gusman Yahya – Head of PSF SDO:

This pandemic hit us severely, particularly in education. The schools' closure shifts the delivery of classes from face to face to online and accessibility becomes vital. In Indonesia, we see there is a huge gap where students live in the city can easily access the material online, on the other hand for students in remote area, they barely get a signal. It is a wakeup call for all of us to work hand in hand to reduce the gap and provide more access and support to teachers and students. PSF-SDO, together with INCO Education Accelerator supported by Google.org are committed to narrow the gap and widen the benefit of technology to support education.

 

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About INCO

INCO is a global organization that believes we can build a better world by focusing on our environment and the ability of people to thrive in the emerging economy of tomorrow. Through INCO Academy, we unlock and foster talent across the world to ensure everyone can find their place in the economy of tomorrow.

INCO ACADEMY offers a portfolio of training programs that propel individuals from diverse backgrounds - especially those most vulnerable and furthest away from work into high-demand jobs.

About Google.org

Google.org connects nonprofit innovators with Google resources to solve complex human challenges and ensure that everyone can participate in the digital economy.

The same technology that makes our lives easier every day can also help solve some of the world’s largest problems. That’s why we’re applying advanced technology to some of our greatest challenges, like using artificial intelligence to help predict natural disasters. Everyone should be able to participate in the digital economy, so we’re providing digital skills training for job seekers, supporting online safety and media literacy, and investing in computer science education for students — particularly in underrepresented communities. We know that the best answers often come from those closest to the problem. That’s why we join forces with nonprofit innovators, committing Google volunteers, technology, and over $200 million in grants every year to help scale their impact.

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