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In 2019, mechanical engineer Ir. Dzulfarqeish (Dzul), was looking for a place where his son could learn robotics. Unfortunately, none were easily available as there were no robotics learning centers around Terengganu.

He managed to find a place that offers robotics classes in Kuantan. Every weekend, he would drive 2 hours from her house to Kuantan in order for his son to attend the 1-hour class. Although his son was excited to learn robotics, the 5 hours journey on a weekly basis was too tiring for the family.

Dzul himself is fond of this subject as it was something he was trained in during his university days. In fact, he was in the ROBOCON team where he presented Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Robocon and Eurobots (Europe Robotics Competition) in Germany and France.

So, along with 2 other co-founders Yasser Rabanie and Khoirun Nisah who held backgrounds in robotics, programming, and branding, they launched JAZRO, a robotics education company for children.

Gathering like-minded individuals, JAZRO started as a voluntary entity to help younger generations and communities in Kemaman, Terengganu. Taking into consideration the living cost for those in the region, monthly fees were set as affordable as possible.

By 2020, the program was established as JAZRO TECHNOLOGY ROBOTICS Sdn Bhd.

Pre-pandemic, physical classes were held as an after school activity for the students where equipment including robots and tablets was provided to make participating more accessible. Participants were never obligated to purchase their own robotics kits either.

They did a lot of demonstrations of robots in schools before the pandemic. Physical classrooms were prepared for the students in Kerteh, Kuala Terengganu, Dungun, and Chukai.

Despite having plans to open more JAZRO branches in Kuantan and Kota Bharu, MCO delayed them and forced classes online, so the team now teaches its students via Zoom meetings.

The biggest challenge for JAZRO during the MCO was teaching robotics classes to students who didn’t have their own robots to learn with. Dzul expressed, “How can you learn robotics class without hardware, right?”

During virtual classes, the philosophy of never making kids buy their own hardware against their will was maintained.

“So, we introduced our students to a simulation application so that they could simulate the coding they learned. We found the students enjoyed learning in this environment too,” Dzul observed.

JAZRO was able to find a new way to pivot its classes online during MCO 2.0 and built an e-learning platform for robotics by MCO 3.0.

Pivoting its classes and finding new ways to sustain the business during the pandemic was crucial for JAZRO. This is because there wouldn’t be a guarantee that education would return to physical sessions in the new normal, or even after herd immunity was achieved.

Thus, they have created their in-house comprehensive robotic skill learning platform. It is an LMS (Learning Management System) where parents can see their kid’s performance, assessment, attendance, certificate, report card, etc.

Following their efforts, the team is also seeing interest from Indonesian and South African international private schools planning to incorporate their modules in their syllabuses.

“In another 5-10 years, robotic and automation will replace human’s routine jobs more than 50%. It is already here where you can see robots in the dining place or patrons order via tablet,” Dzul shared. Thus, the motto of JAZRO is to develop more digital talents to be prepared for the upcoming changes in the job market.

JAZRO has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!


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