New Delhi [India]Oct. 19 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Over 45 stalwarts from industry, education and the corporate sector driving digital transformation gathered for the nationwide conference “Digital Democratization – Breaking Barriers to 21st Century Education”.
The event was powered by Capgemini and organized by the SRF Foundation in partnership with the Franco-Indian Chamber of Commerce, Leading Purpose Campaigns, World Wide Fund for Nature and UN-YuWaah (Generation Unlimited).
The conference aimed to foster a spirit of collaboration among existing players in the digital education sector, to bring the voice of new stakeholders to the fore, and to push the boundaries and agenda of inclusiveness in education through transformation digital.
All top leaders come together to redefine the scope, potential and benchmarks of digital education and skills for India’s emerging workforce.
“For holistic growth of the next generation, we need to break down silos and encourage collaborative action. Platforms like Democratrising Digital encourage collaboration and therefore exponentially increase the cumulative support received by students and teachers. Therefore, empower the next generation with 21st century skills,” said Dr. Suresh Reddy, CEO of the SRF Foundation.
Over the past two years, the Indian education system has had to pivot and accelerate the adoption of digital tools for schooling and training. The environment-related changes coupled with the systemic changes brought about by the National Education Policy 2020 have heightened the need for reforms in the education sector. In an increasingly interconnected and complex world, students need essential skills that help them learn to build strong relationships, especially with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
Representatives from NITI Aayog, NCERT, CBSE engaged in forward-looking and solution-oriented discussions on curriculum and pedagogy and the need for collective action with key civil society stakeholders and leading educational institutes including IIM Bangalore, University of Delhi, IIT Madras and Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Capgemini and the SRF Foundation work with 9 public schools in Chennai, Bengaluru and Noida to strengthen the foundations of students to support their career aspirations in the IT sector. A formal impact report with Aspire’s impact evaluation will be released soon and will capture the end-to-end impact of the program on reach, depth, inclusiveness and sustainability.
Shobha Meera, Chief CSR Officer, Capgemini said, “We believe technology is an opportunity for everyone and people should never be limited in their work and life by a lack of digital skills. As a leader in digital transformation, Capgemini is actively collaborating with NGOs, government organizations and educational institutions to bridge this digital divide.”
UNRC Chief Shombi Sharp also graced the occasion as guest of honor and UN representative at the conference. He began his address with the statement “Mujhe aap sabse mil kar bahaut achcha lag raha hai”. He mentioned that the initiative of Capgemini and the SRF Foundation will serve as an example for the rest of the world to follow the example towards the democratization of digital: breaking down barriers for education in the 21st century. India has turned the pandemic crisis into an opportunity.
The NEP 2020 forward-looking education policy encourages and emphasizes the inclusion of technology and AI-based learning in the education system. The need of the hour is also to bridge the existing digital divide in demographics. He mentioned that the United Nations system recognizes India as a leader when it comes to best practices in implementing SDGs 2030 as a nation. Her presence on the panel also brought a refreshing definition of diversity. As it was one of the occasions when the panel was represented by women. It was placed appropriately as October 11 is also celebrated as the International Day of the Girl Child.
The entire event was embellished with several round tables. The highlights are as follows:
1. Leave No One Behind – Bridging the Learning Gap
2. India on the Right Track – Catalyzing Education Reforms
3. Voice of Youth: Skills for the Future – Working with young people, for young people in developing 21st century skills
4. India Online: Inclusive Digital Education for the Next Generation
5. Breaking down the digital divide: through accessible, affordable and inclusive technology
6. The future of work: impact on equal employment opportunities
7. Transforming tomorrow together: partnerships towards digital equity
The event also congratulated teachers and students from various parts of the country. An exhibition was organized to present the projects created by them. Most of them managed to describe STEM education in schools across the country.
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