EdTech in South East Asia

Octava Foundation & MIT Solve

30 Jun 2021

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Opportunities for EdTech development and investment in five Southeast Asian markets: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

Over the last few decades, Southeast Asia has experienced significant economic growth. This has driven both government and parental spending on education, which has resulted in increased access to education across much of the region, especially at primary school level. However, despite this progress, significant educational challenges remain, especially for disadvantaged and marginalized groups; early evidence shows that these have been exacerbated by the extended school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology presents an opportunity to complement the work of educators in driving improvements to learning outcomes, however, in the region, EdTech has remained largely the preserve of more affluent consumers, and its potential to improve access to quality education for under-served groups has not yet been realized. This paper presents an overview of the status of education and use of technology to support education (EdT ech) in five Southeast Asian markets: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The paper is intended to be used by funders and innovators when considering EdTech development and investment in the region.