Transforming Indonesia’s Education System

Education in Indonesia is a large, complex, and diverse system. It is the fourth largest education system in the world, behind only China, India, and the United States, and has more than 50 million students, 2.6 million teachers, and 250,000 schools spread across an archipelago of more than 900 inhabited islands. Teaching all these people, young and old, the skills needed to succeed in Indonesia’s rapidly changing economy is a huge challenge. Even with the Government of Indonesia setting aside 20 percent of the total state budget for education, this is still not much given the large population in Indonesia. At the primary school level, for example, Indonesia’s spend per pupil is less than US$1,200 or about seven times less than the OECD average. As a result, philanthropists – and social investors in general – play an important role in driving better education outcomes.


AlphaBeta was proud to support the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), a group of philanthropists who aim to accelerate private action for public good by addressing systemic challenges through collaborative philanthropy, to understand what it would take for philanthropists and social investors to create catalytic impact in Indonesia’s vast education system.

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