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Learning can be fun! South Delhi corporation to install 50 playstations in schools

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To promote learning through fun, South Delhi Municipal Corporation has planned to install 50 playstations in its primary schools.

The project has been commissioned on a pilot basis, and depending on the response of the system, all 581 SDMC-run schools may get playsations. One station has already been installed at an SDMC School in Malviya Nagar.

The school syllabus/chapters are loaded in the machine. “We have dedicated one period for each class to use the station. The students feel excited to use the colourful device for solving mathematical puzzles, learning English lessons in interesting ways. Later when students read the same chapters in their school books, it becomes easy for them to understand it,” said a senior official from education department.

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These playstations are financed by Rotary International, while the concept has been developed by the NIIT, an SDMC official said. Students can operate the device alone, without the assistance of a teacher and will get first-hand experience of the digital world.

“Though we have the provision for computers in schools, the playstations excite students more because they resemble gaming equipment available in markets,” added the official.

However, teachers say that the number of playstations installed in a school will not be enough. “With only one or two playstations installed in a school, it would be difficult for all students to use them in one period, given the fact that there are 40 students enrolled in each class,” said a teacher.

South Corporation has been using innovative tools and learning techniques from time to time to help children in its schools to improve their learning standards.

“We have opened science clubs in 100 schools — 25 in each ward in 2016-17.The project is exciting children as they learn the concept of science through fun. In 2017-18, we are targeting to open such science clubs in each school,” said Puneet Goel, commissioner, SDMC.

The civic agency has also introduced the concept of LED screen-aided smart classes in four schools in 2016 and based on the response received from these schools in 2016-17, 104 more schools will get smart classes.

Similarly, the concept of School Quality Enhancement Programme was introduced under which an attempt was made to increase the number of students in schools. Twelve schools, with the help of NGO and registered societies, were chosen in 2016-17 under the programme. In 2017-18 this programme will run in 25 schools.

How will it help the students?

1. Students are able to use the device alone, without the presence of a teacher

2. It will promote self learning among students

3. Students with get first-hand experience of the digital world

4. It will help the students to become tech-savvy

5. It will bridge the gap between theory and practical concept

6. Games related to all the subjects are present in the system

7. Maxims of teaching — ‘learning by doing’ are truly fulfilled

8. Helpful in all round development of students

Coverage Link: http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi/learning-can-be-fun-south-corporation-to-install-50-playstations-in-its-schools/story-COXMhwUszGvg5v0x8aW5tO.html

NIIT Foundation covered in Civil Society Online

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NIIT’s learn and earn path

Vivekananda Camp is an urban slum located in the heart of the upmarket diplomatic zone of Chanakyapuri in New Delhi. A constant eyesore for privileged neighbours such as the British School and the American Embassy School, the camp lacks basic amenities like water and sanitation, and avenues for proper education and employment.

Yet, if life here is a constant grind, the children don’t show it. When they are not busy going to government schools or fetching  water, they  delight in two sturdy ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’ Learning Stations where they play computer games, learn the basics of maths and English, use  search engines, draw, paint, and even engage in quizzes that test their general knowledge.  All without teachers or adult supervision.

These installations are run by the NIIT Foundation, a non-profit set up in 2004 by NIIT. The kiosks, which are opened and closed by a community member, usually operate from 9 am to 5 pm.

Young Ankush, one of the more  digitally literate,  manoeuvres  the mouse expertly to play a game while eager children crowd around him.  Yash, a Class 4 student in a government school on Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri, says, “We do have computers in school but we can’t even touch them. Our teachers use them to screen films.” Another child complains that computers given to his schools by the government still lie unpacked because the teachers don’t know how to use them.

“Hole-in-the-Wall stations offer what we call minimally invasive education. They are a stepping stone for underprivileged six to 14-year-olds who have never seen or touched a computer to be part of a connected world. In the process, the stations impact academic performance, engage children who might otherwise run amok and even prove a great leveller in places like Jaisalmer where the caste system is deeply entrenched,” says software engineer Purnendu Hota who heads the Hole-in-the-Wall project.

The project was pioneered in 1999 by Dr Sugata Mitra, Chief Scientist Emeritus at NIIT in New Delhi. Currently a Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Newcastle, UK, Dr Mitra and NIIT have won multiple awards for the Hole-in-the-Wall Education Project  (HiWEP) initiative.

Today 125 Hole-in-the-Wall Learning Stations which were initially set up in 23 experimental locations in India — all the way from Drass in Kargil to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan —­ can  be found in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and all over Odisha, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Assam. The stations are typically sponsored by corporates. The Ministry of External Affairs has replicated HiWEP stations in Bhutan, Cambodia and several African nations. So far, over 500 stations have been set up globally.

 “Hole-in-the-Wall Learning Stations should be as common as bank ATMs,” says Mitra, pointing out that what started as a small experiment has shown that “children in unsupervised groups can learn anything by themselves. We need to actualise this in education.”

The 132-member team of NIIT Foundation is steered by its director, Sapna Moudgil.“NIIT Foundation was started on a sole premise – that youth is the future of this nation. But are the youth adequately prepared to be future leaders, especially those belonging to the underserved sections of society? Interactions with these youth revealed that they had aspirations, but lacked confidence. They wanted to be gainfully employed but had limited skills. Initially we thought deeply about which skills  and sectors we should consider, where underserved youth could be mainstreamed.”

The foundation has found answers through strategies like Hole-in-the-Wall, Career Development Centres in urban slums and villages, District Learning Centres, N Reach (an NGO accreditation programme), IT education to community schools, and a programme for people with disabilities.

Core team member Tulika Mehra, Senior Manager (CSR and Sustainability), who is also a fundraiser, says, “We typically aim at youth who have passed out from government schools or are Class 10 dropouts looking for jobs to support their families. Sometimes they also want to study further but can’t because they lack resources. We are bridge-building by connecting these youth to potential employment opportunities.”

One obvious route has been the foundation’s Career Development Centres (CDCs), set up in response to an ever-growing need in the service sector for entry-level employees.

So far, 26 CDCs have been set up and their number is growing. They offer certificate courses in showroom retail, BPO, food and beverage, data entry, in-store promoter, accountancy and so on. There are also foundation courses in IT and English.

The CDCs have been set up in urban slums and villages, making them accessible to girls. Post-training, all eligible and needy youth are given placement assistance.

Among the organisations that have placed the foundation’s students are 24×7 Retail, Archies, Marks & Spencers, Bata, Vodafone, Xpert Hiring and India Family Mart.

“Our goal at NIIT Foundation was to create models that are replicable and scalable. In the last three years our CDC model has been replicated over 16 times,” says Moudgil.

The foundation was roped in by Parijat Industries to set up a computer centre in Fatehgarh, a tiny village near Ambala, Haryana. “The company was very keen to address the issue of the skewed sex ratio in Haryana without sounding too preachy. They said that one of the best ways was to start a computer centre where the focus would be on digital literacy for girls,” recalls Mehra.

So the foundation ran a computer centre in Fatehgarh to reach out to 200 youth of whom 80 per cent were girls. Initially, the courses did not focus on providing placement. The aim was to promote digital literacy and build a rapport with the community. However, as an experiment, four students of whom one was a boy, started interning in a Parijat factory as data entry operators. One of them is now working there full-time. Since then seven or eight more students have been placed. This year, more career-oriented courses have been added.

Vivekananda Camp is an urban slum located in the heart of the upmarket diplomatic zone of Chanakyapuri in New Delhi. A constant eyesore for privileged neighbours such as the British School and the American Embassy School, the camp lacks basic amenities like water and sanitation, and avenues for proper education and employment.

Yet, if life here is a constant grind, the children don’t show it. When they are not busy going to government schools or fetching  water, they  delight in two sturdy ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’ Learning Stations where they play computer games, learn the basics of maths and English, use  search engines, draw, paint, and even engage in quizzes that test their general knowledge.  All without teachers or adult supervision.

These installations are run by the NIIT Foundation, a non-profit set up in 2004 by NIIT. The kiosks, which are opened and closed by a community member, usually operate from 9 am to 5 pm.

Young Ankush, one of the more  digitally literate,  manoeuvres  the mouse expertly to play a game while eager children crowd around him.  Yash, a Class 4 student in a government school on Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri, says, “We do have computers in school but we can’t even touch them. Our teachers use them to screen films.” Another child complains that computers given to his schools by the government still lie unpacked because the teachers don’t know how to use them.

“Hole-in-the-Wall stations offer what we call minimally invasive education. They are a stepping stone for underprivileged six to 14-year-olds who have never seen or touched a computer to be part of a connected world. In the process, the stations impact academic performance, engage children who might otherwise run amok and even prove a great leveller in places like Jaisalmer where the caste system is deeply entrenched,” says software engineer Purnendu Hota who heads the Hole-in-the-Wall project.

The project was pioneered in 1999 by Dr Sugata Mitra, Chief Scientist Emeritus at NIIT in New Delhi. Currently a Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Newcastle, UK, Dr Mitra and NIIT have won multiple awards for the Hole-in-the-Wall Education Project  (HiWEP) initiative.

Today 125 Hole-in-the-Wall Learning Stations which were initially set up in 23 experimental locations in India — all the way from Drass in Kargil to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan —­ can  be found in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and all over Odisha, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Assam. The stations are typically sponsored by corporates. The Ministry of External Affairs has replicated HiWEP stations in Bhutan, Cambodia and several African nations. So far, over 500 stations have been set up globally.

 “Hole-in-the-Wall Learning Stations should be as common as bank ATMs,” says Mitra, pointing out that what started as a small experiment has shown that “children in unsupervised groups can learn anything by themselves. We need to actualise this in education.”

The 132-member team of NIIT Foundation is steered by its director, Sapna Moudgil.“NIIT Foundation was started on a sole premise – that youth is the future of this nation. But are the youth adequately prepared to be future leaders, especially those belonging to the underserved sections of society? Interactions with these youth revealed that they had aspirations, but lacked confidence. They wanted to be gainfully employed but had limited skills. Initially we thought deeply about which skills  and sectors we should consider, where underserved youth could be mainstreamed.”

The foundation has found answers through strategies like Hole-in-the-Wall, Career Development Centres in urban slums and villages, District Learning Centres, N Reach (an NGO accreditation programme), IT education to community schools, and a programme for people with disabilities.

Core team member Tulika Mehra, Senior Manager (CSR and Sustainability), who is also a fundraiser, says, “We typically aim at youth who have passed out from government schools or are Class 10 dropouts looking for jobs to support their families. Sometimes they also want to study further but can’t because they lack resources. We are bridge-building by connecting these youth to potential employment opportunities.”

One obvious route has been the foundation’s Career Development Centres (CDCs), set up in response to an ever-growing need in the service sector for entry-level employees.

So far, 26 CDCs have been set up and their number is growing. They offer certificate courses in showroom retail, BPO, food and beverage, data entry, in-store promoter, accountancy and so on. There are also foundation courses in IT and English.

The CDCs have been set up in urban slums and villages, making them accessible to girls. Post-training, all eligible and needy youth are given placement assistance.

Among the organisations that have placed the foundation’s students are 24×7 Retail, Archies, Marks & Spencers, Bata, Vodafone, Xpert Hiring and India Family Mart.

“Our goal at NIIT Foundation was to create models that are replicable and scalable. In the last three years our CDC model has been replicated over 16 times,” says Moudgil.

The foundation was roped in by Parijat Industries to set up a computer centre in Fatehgarh, a tiny village near Ambala, Haryana. “The company was very keen to address the issue of the skewed sex ratio in Haryana without sounding too preachy. They said that one of the best ways was to start a computer centre where the focus would be on digital literacy for girls,” recalls Mehra.

So the foundation ran a computer centre in Fatehgarh to reach out to 200 youth of whom 80 per cent were girls. Initially, the courses did not focus on providing placement. The aim was to promote digital literacy and build a rapport with the community. However, as an experiment, four students of whom one was a boy, started interning in a Parijat factory as data entry operators. One of them is now working there full-time. Since then seven or eight more students have been placed. This year, more career-oriented courses have been added.

Coverage Link: http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/pages/Details.aspx?818

Hiwel Learning Stations inaugurated in Odisha’s Banki 

Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: American Tower Corporation on July 4 inaugurated its first completed project of Sanitation, Solar and Hiwel Learning Stations at Kusupangi High School in Banki of Cuttack district. The project was inaugurated by the SDM of Banki Sub-division, MrManoranjan Mallik . The ATC leadership team was also present on the occasion. These initiatives were highly appreciated by the Head Master, Block Education Officer and the SDM, Banki. The school’s intermittent electric supply would be bolstered by the 15 Solar panels with capacity of 3.75 KW which were installed and it would also run the two computer kiosks installed by ATC and pump water from the bore-well for the toilets. For the year 2014-15, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program, ATC India has undertaken projects in 16 Schools of Eastern India spread over the states of North East, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha. In these schools, ATC India decided to follow an integrated approach.  In addition to providing Learning Stations (Kiosks) it also provided power to these schools through Solar Power stations and water and sanitation by building Boys’ and Girls’ toilets and bore wells. In Odisha ATC has implemented 3 such integrated projects – Parichay Foundation and Maitri Vihar in Khurda district and Kusupangi High School in  Banki of Cuttack district. This programme was a part of ATC India’s CSR program aims at blending education with technology. ATC India has partnered with Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL) & NIIT Foundation to provide e-enabled education to underprivileged children in rural and semi-urban areas.  HiWEL is a path-breaking learning methodology known as Minimally Invasive Education (MIE) that uses learning environment to generate adequate level of motivation and induces learning in groups of children, with minimal intervention from adults. Learning Stations (Kiosks) have pre-loaded educational material that aims at enhancing functional computer literacy among school children aged 6 to 14 years. ATC India &HiWEL have partnered to provide access to computer-based learning to underprivileged children through 2 models. American Tower is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communication real estate. American Tower’s global portfolio includes over 87,000 owned or managed sites and is experiencing steady growth over the years. ATC India is a 100% subsidiary of American Tower Corporation and is a leading independent telecom infrastructure provider in the country.

http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=60115#sthash.M8qDUypY.dpuf

 Hole-in-the-Wall Education Project (HiWEP) helping bridge the urban-rural divide of Computers & Technology

PUNE: An initiative in several rural schools near Pune, the Hole-in-the-Wall Education Project (HiWEP) of the NIIT Foundation is helping bridge the urban-rural divide of computers and technology. Typically housed on the boundary walls of schools, playgrounds or community buildings, HiWEP learning stations reach out to practically everyone on the other side of the wall — in-school and out-of-school children, adolescents and adult community members.

Users, often in groups of two to five, learn to use the keyboard, mouse, productivity tools, search engines and emails, simultaneously gaining knowledge on how to leverage the internet, preloaded age-specific resources on life skills as well as curriculum-based content. This content includes “edutainment” games, and the encyclopaedia, along with critical information on health and hygiene.

NIIT Foundation Sapna Moudgil says, “The way the children take to the station has to be seen to be believed. They are free to touch buttons, enjoy the visuals and explore technology independently. It’s helping them learn on their own in a fun way.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/Learning-in-Pune-rural-zilla-parishad-schools-gets-tech-boost/articleshow/47847813.cms

50 Most Talented CSR  leader Award 2015

50 Most Talented CSR leader Award 2015

Sapna Mudgil , Director of NIIT Foundation was awarded with “50 Most Talented CSR Leader” Award  at a ceremony held in Mumbai on 18th Feb , 2015

NIIT Foundation Received Most Caring Company Award 2015 

NIIT Foundation received Most Card Company Award 2015

NIIT Foundation was awarded  at World CSR Day conference organized in Mumbai on Feb 18. NIIT Foundation was awarded in the category ’50 Most Caring Company’ .

NIIT Foundation, HCCB and Being Human Foundation Join Hands

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Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd (HCCBPL)., has announced their partnership with actor Salman Khan’s Being Human Foundation, to scale up Career Development Centre (CDC), an initiative to empower rural, educated and underserved youth. The initiative, in association with NIIT Foundation and NGO Gram Niyojan Kendra, established its pilot centre near the HCCBPL bottling plant at Dasna and is now set to extend its reach to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Odisha.

Speaking about the association, popular actor Salman Khan said, “The training provided by CDC is very practical and prepares the youth for entry level jobs. Being Human-The Salman Khan Foundation is proud to partner with this endeavor.”

Mr. T. Krishnakumar, Chief Executive Officer, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. said, “Career Development Centre is part of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverage’s inclusive growth agenda. Our vision is to bring quality training within easy reach of the educated, unemployed and underserved youth to enhance their employability potential and bring them into the employment mainstream. Over the past 2 years, our first Career Development Centre near Dasna has witnessed commendable success by opening opportunities for over 200 youth with employers across industry. It gives me immense pleasure to welcome our new partner, Being Human and India’s youth icon Mr. Salman Khan. We are confident that this association will be a great facilitator as we endeavour to scale up this initiative and extend its reach across the country.”

“Each partner – NIIT Foundation, Being Human and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages –brings unique strengths to the initiative and I believe the CDCs are now equipped more than ever to enable and inspire the youth to reach their potential,” added Mr. P Rajendran, COO, NIIT Limited

NIIT Foundation impacting Hearing Impaired Youth

Read how NIIT Foundation is helping organisations mainstream the hearing impaired. Click http://ibnlive.in.com/news/growing-market-for-speech-hearingimpaired-staff/288168-3-244.html

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Punjab Kesri; Date: 27 Mar 2009; Edition: New Delhi

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Financial Express; Date: 27 Mar 2009; Edition: New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad

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Business Standard; Date: 27 Mar 2009; Edition: Ahmedabad

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The Indian Express; Date: 27 Mar 2009; Edition: New Delhi

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Economic Times Online
March 26, 2009

NIIT Ltd, in its attempt to bridge the education‐employability gap and create talent pool in urban slums, and Global Talent Development Corporation today announced the setting up of NIIT Yuva Star, a Career Development Centre, at Jahangirpuri, New Delhi in association with NGO Navjyoti India Foundation. Dr. Kiran Bedi, General Secretary of Navjyoti India Foundation and Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT Ltd., inaugurated the CDC. NIIT Yuva Star will serve as a vocational training centre, providing employability skills to youth in the age group 17‐25 years. The CDC will provide relevant skills to the unemployed youth for making them employable for jobs in various industry sectors such as retail, automobile sales, telecommunications, hospitality, healthcare etc. Additional skill sets will be addressed going forward as per requirements of partnering organizations.

 

NIIT Yuva Star to enhance employability among youth in urban slums

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Thursday, March 26, 2009 (New Delhi) NIIT has announced the setting up of NIIT Yuva Star, a Career Development Centre (CDC) at Jahangirpuri, New Delhi in association with NGO Navjyoti India Foundation Kiran Bedi, General Secretary of Navjyoti India Foundation and Rajendra S Pawar, chairman, NIIT inaugurated the Career Development Centre, Jahangirpuri, Delhi. NIIT Yuva Star, the Career Development Centre (CDC) will serve as a vocational training centre in Juhangirpuri, providing employability skills to youth in the age group 17-25 years.. The CDC will provide relevant skills to the unemployed youth for making them employable for jobs in various industry sectors such as retail, automobile sales, telecommunications, hospitality, healthcare etc. Additional skill sets will be addressed going forward as per requirements of partnering organizations. The students will be provided with internship and placements with the purpose of helping them find employment in the corporate sector. The company made this annou ncement during the trading hours today, 26 March 2009.

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