EdTech in Southeast Asia

A white paper presented in collaboration with
Octava Foundation, Better Purpose, and MIT Solve

EdTech in Southeast Asia


With Southeast Asia’s recent economic growth, there has been greater government and parental spending on education, thus increasing access to education across much of the region. However, despite this progress, significant educational challenges remain, especially for disadvantaged and marginalized groups.


Technology presents an opportunity to complement the work of educators in driving improvements to learning outcomes. Yet, 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—by Octava Foundation, Better Purpose, and MIT Solve—presents an overview of the status of education and use of technology to support education (EdTech) in five Southeast Asian markets: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.


Download this white paper to learn more about the role of EdTech in Southeast Asia, with topics including:


  • Implications for funders, policy makers, and innovators when considering EdTech development and investment in the region
  • Overview of the education system and development needs in each country
  • Potential of EdTech to improve education outcomes
  • Each country’s current EdTech supply and enablers

* This report was prepared for Octava Foundation and MIT Solve by Better Purpose to inform scoping discussions about the Octava Social Innovation Challenge. The findings in the report are based on publicly available information, insights from expert interviews and other sources believed to be true. The findings are for general guidance only, represent a point in time and have not been verified independently. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of information contained, Better Purpose, MIT Solve and Octava Foundation take no responsibility and assume no liability for any error, omission or inaccuracy of the information. Users bear their own responsibility for checking facts and no user can use the report as a base for any claim, demand or cause of action; Better Purpose, MIT Solve and Octava Foundation are not responsible for any loss incurred based upon actions taken as a result of the report.

Download our white paper on opportunities for EdTech in Southeast Asia.