The COVID-19 pandemic has stopped almost the entire offline education activity system worldwide, leading to the closure of schools, universities, and colleges. The discontinuation of almost formal educational conditions makes many institutions create alternative educational opportunities virtually.

According to UNICEF monitoring, 186 countries have implemented national-scale closures, and 8 countries have implemented local closures. It affects about 98.5% of the world's student population (UNESCO, 2020). The policies set out in the world education system become virtual learning by replacing all offline educational activities. That makes the government, and related institutions must present alternative educational processes for students. Education plays an essential role in the culture. Culture gives the understanding to address a problem (Pandemic COVID-19) more wisely and carefully.

The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.

— William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education.

Based on the importance of education during the pandemic, the Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Languages and Arts, Universitas Negeri Semarang, raised a positive spirit for all doodle artists to respond to the education pandemic COVID-19 passionately. To gather the positive energy, the Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Language and Arts, held the SIDLEFEST (Semarang International Doodle Festival) #1 2021. In two activities, namely the International Doodle Art Exhibition and Indonesian Doodle Art Competition with a special theme, "The Spirit of Education during Pandemic", while celebrating the 56th anniversary of Universitas Negeri Semarang. Hopefully, with this event, we can meet positive education in the pandemic period with glorious.

International Doodle Art Exhibition

It is open to all artists around the world to contribute to addressing education during a pandemic.

Indonesian Doodle Art Competition

Indonesian Doodle Art Competition has 3 (three) categories, namely student (junior to high school), college student, and the general public. The best works of the competition have been presented at the International Doodle Art Exhibition through a curatorial process.

See the winners