Some Indonesian students have reportedly struggled to adapt to online methods of study. Photo by M Agung Rajasa for Antara.


With most Indonesian schools and educational institutions closed for more than a year, many children have been forced to study and shelter in environments that may not always be ideal. Social restrictions associated with the pandemic have also constrained opportunities for children and vulnerable populations to express their concerns and participate in public life.

How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected children and vulnerable populations in Indonesia? Who has been most affected? What can be done about the issues children and vulnerable individuals face?

To explore these issues and more, in her first episode as Talking Indonesia co-host, Dr Annisa Beta, a lecturer in Cultural Studies at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, speaks to Dr Santi Kusumaningrum, director of Puskapa, the Centre for Child Protection and Wellbeing at the University of Indonesia.

In 2021, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Annisa Beta, Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Jemma Purdey from Monash University, and Dr Charlotte Setijadi from the Singapore Management University.

Look out for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via Apple Podcasts or listen via your favourite podcasting app.

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