Tokyo, October 18, 2018 – Casio Computer Co., Ltd., has entered into a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia to develop the competency of Indonesian teachers and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The signing ceremony was held on September 27, 2018.
Casio is cooperating with educational institutions and teachers in various countries to propose mathematics classes using scientific calculators, develop teaching materials, and verify their effectiveness. Through this initiative, which Casio calls GAKUHAN, Casio not only sells products,but also carries out educational support activities worldwide to contribute to the improvement of students’ academic abilities. In recent years, Casio has been reinforcing its activities especially in emerging nations in Asia, developing markets by making proposals that meet the educational situations and needs of those countries.
In Indonesia, Casio has been promoting the advantages of using scientific calculators through activities such as training sessions for mathematics teachers and mathematics competitions since 2016. Using scientific calculators simplifies the calculation process and help students focus on improving problem solving skills.
The new partnership agreement was signed to develop the competency of teachers and students in Indonesia, seeking to contribute to the enhancement of their STEM education. Casio will provide support to improve the teaching skills of teachers, stimulate student’s interest in STEM and increase their skills, and develop educational materials and curriculum related to STEM education in cooperation with three divisions of the Ministry of Education and Culture: training, secondary education, and curriculum.
Specifically, Casio will promote the development of instruction techniques and teaching materials after providing training to teachers in teaching mathematics using scientific calculators and conducting test classes at pilot school across Indonesia to verify their effectiveness. Additionally, in order to increase students’ interest in STEM education, Casio has established an internship program at one of its production sites, Casio (Thailand) Co.,Ltd., where vocational school students will be accepted from Indonesia to study.
Casio looks forward to continuing its cooperation with Ministry of Education and Culture of the Rebulic of Indonesia to make the most of its expertise in calculators to improve the level of STEM education in Indonesia.