Advancing the cause of STEM education at the local level, the India Literacy Project (ILP), a non-profit organization with a mission to help children in public schools access appropriate skills and create pathways towards productive careers with support from Verizon India, a global capacity center (GCC) focused on information technology, facilitated the distribution of “Science Lab in a Box” kits to 60 government-run schools in Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
The distribution of these science kits was led by Mr. PA Arumugam, Director of Education, Tiruvallur District, with Mr. Gopinath Pullaihgari, Director and Head of Human Resources, Verizon India, Mr. Aswin Lakshmanan, Director, Strategy and planning, Verizon India and Mr. AL Rangarajan, National Director, ILP at Alamathy School, near Chennai and by Ms. Shaik Yasmeen Basha IAS, Collector, Wanaparthy District, MR Loknath Reddy, Zilla Parishad President, A. Ravinder, Responsible Education District (DEO) of Wanaparthy District and Mr. Ravi Mani, Knowledge Center Manager, ILPat the event held in Wanaparthy District, Telangana. Tamil and Telugu versions of the science kit manual and online open source content in Tamil and digital Telugu for use by public school teachers were also released during the event. School principals from all beneficiary schools were also present at the event at both sites.
Over 12,000 children from 30 Upper Secondary Schools of Tiruvallur District Government in Tamil Nadu and over 7,000 students from 30 Govt. Schools in the district of Wanaparthy, Telangana, will benefit from these science kits.
The India Literacy Project empowers children in science education through one of its flagship education programs “Multi-Dimensional Learning Space (MDLS)”, designed with the learning environment in mind, transforming schools as learning centers with digital infrastructure, content and experiential learning tools.
Supported by Verizon India, India Literacy Project will further accelerate the program by assessing students’ learning level and prioritizing improving science learning. The program will also expand training to more than 500 teachers in the 60 identified schools to take advantage of these science kits appropriately and facilitate effective experiential learning.
Gracing the occasion in Alamathy as the guest of honor, Shri. PA Arumugam, Director of Education of Tiruvallur District, said: “The government of Tamil Nadu is committed to improving the performance of secondary school students through innovative means and we are pleased to have the support of the India Literacy Project and Verizon India. ILP’s open source digital content in Tamil and learning aids such as science kits and career guidance planners provide the much needed learning experience and instill scientific vigor in students.
Speaking on the impact of the CSR initiative, the main guest of the event held in Wanaparthy, Ms. Shaik Yasmeen Basha IAS, collector, Wanaparthy district, said: “Science is an integral part of daily life. of somebody. A multi-pronged approach to educating children through this program will help rural students soar and reach greater heights in their career aspirations. It is also important for teachers to think differently and innovatively and add more experiences in their teaching materials with these science kits provided by Verizon India. I would like to thank Verizon India, the India Literacy Project, and the Rural Development Society for their efforts to make a big difference in the future of students in rural India.
Emphasizing the importance of the initiative, AL Rangarajan Country Manager, India Literacy Project, said: Using innovative tools and processes that enhance classroom engagement in science. We thank Verizon India for providing vital support to this initiative, which will have a positive impact on the learning journey of nearly 20,000 children in Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
Gopinath Pullaihgari, Director and Head of Human Resources at Verizon India, said: “By taking responsibility for our common future, we at Verizon are committed to advancing the economy, the environment and society by promoting the technology as a tool for improving communities and education and providing platforms for recycling. and improving the skills of the most vulnerable in the future economy. We are happy to partner with the India Literacy Project to make a difference in the lives of those children who lack access to these learning tools that can help shape a better and brighter future for them.
Aswin Lakshmanan, Director – Strategy and Planning, Verizon India added, “STEM-focused education opens up a whole new way of learning for children. It paves the way for experiential learning, stimulates creative thinking and promotes an innovative mindset in the formative phase of a student’s life. With this collaborative initiative with ILP, we aim to reach these students locally and facilitate the building of a strong foundation in science and technology through new learning methodologies.
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