By 2030, Indonesia will become the 7th largest economy in the world and the number of skilled workers will increase from 55 million to 113 million. We strongly believe teachers' pedagogical skills have to be upgraded. Ekigai is an enabling platform that connects partners and teachers. In Ekigai, our teachers use modular tools to co-create 21st century-ready, place-specific lessons. We have selected place-based learning as a key anchor in pedagogical alignment with 21st-century skills.
The world we are living in is changing and will continue to change. In order to adapt to rapid economic and technological changes in the future, achieving SDG4 Quality Education is the foundation. In particular, we believe there is an urgent need for quality teacher education in developing contexts.
The impact for such challenge can be huge because if we do not anticipate and address this challenge, it is estimated by the World Bank that there will be around 40% of people who are not skill-ready.
Primary school teachers have to take responsibility to equip students aged 6 to 12 with employability skills. However, a vast majority of primary school teachers have to upgrade their pedagogical skills to have sufficient training, tools/resources, and motivation in the current system.
Ekigai is a partnership and utility platform that connects local partners and teachers. In Ekigai, our teachers use modular tools to co-create 21st century-ready, place-specific lessons. Lessons are hosted in a marketplace for schools. We have selected place-based learning as a key anchor in pedagogical alignment with 21st-century skills which allows for reflective, experiential, participatory and transformative learning. We have developed two main types of tools. First, a catalyst that surfaces 21st century skills that are relevant to the learning space. Second, a scaffold for skill-specific curriculum development, teachers receive adequate facilitation support and they receive both certification and recognition as inventors. We believe that, after the upgrade, teachers are able to deliver pedagogical content in alignment with 21st century skills to young Indonesian students.
Our users are elementary school teachers who will use our solutions to co-create place-based lessons. Our direct customers are primarily elementary schools. This solution allows us to empower teachers and unleash their pedagogical potential to fulfill the increasing requirement for students to have relevant 21st-century skillsets.
The uniqueness of our solution is place-based learning and pedagogical co-creation. We will be weaving our place partners and pedagogical design tools together so one of the benefits is that teachers will be incentivized to innovate pedagogically.
There is an established base for conventional ways of training elementary teachers in Jakarta. However, we believe we are competitive because of our value propositions.
Place-based learning and 21st-century skills were not effectively implemented in the current curriculum. Also, local players are more focused on the infrastructure part, but we believe the foundational educational process is also an important aspect to innovate.
At the moment, there are 800,000 students and 42,000 teachers from the elementary school sector. In the short term, teachers will be empowered and pedagogically upgraded to teach their students relevant 21st-century skills. In the long term, students will benefit from innovative teaching methods and subsequent curriculum renewals, which allows them to succeed in the 2030 demographic surplus.
We collaborate with local stakeholders, so we can implement workshops in Indonesia. Then, we will evaluate and revise the modular design tools. We are ready to move onto the next stage to further develop in terms of partnership networks, enrolment rate, and scaling up the impact.