Jakarta launched free internet for students

A student reads morning news from her cellphone. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

JAKARTA, Sep 4, 2020, Jakarta Globe. A community center building in Johar Baru, Central Jakarta, is packed by students every morning as it provides free internet to support distance learning program during the Covid-19 pandemic, Jakarta Globe reported.

Student from elementary, junior high and senior high schools came to the building every 7.00 a.m. wearing their school uniform to start their class remotely. They must wear face masks and maintain physical distancing at all times inside the community hall.

The building has been equipped with desks and chairs in a seating arrangement that keeps the occupants in a safe distance, with each desk having a plastic partition. The overall view resembles a classroom already, except that there is no teacher around.

The community center was the launch venue of the “Free Internet for All” program on August 28. It was initiated by the city government to help students who don’t have access to the internet.

The program, also called as “Jak Wifi”, targets densely-populated areas across the capital city.

But even before Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan symbolically launched the program, local neighborhood leader Sunarsa had already installed internet modem at the building using his own money.

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