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Empowering Rural Children with 21st century skills

Start Date: Friday, Oct 30,2020

Co-Project Incharge:Ajay Balakrishnan
Funded by:Department of Science and Technology (DST). Government of India
Empowering Rural Children with 21st century skills

Thematic Area: 21st Century Skills

Project Summary

21st century skills are a range of competencies, taught across all levels of education, that give students the skills they need to navigate an ever-shifting world. “Empowering Rural Children in 21st Century Skills,” is project funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India that launched on October 30, 2020. The virtual launch featured special guest Dr. Sujit Banerjee from the DST. Dr. Bhavani Rao and Prof. Kamal Bijlani co-hosted the event on behalf of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The project will be implemented by AMMACHI Labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetheam and will train 200 students from Haryana Chattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh in Maker skills, Mobile Applications, Multimedia & Games and Life skills through a series of 14 day workshops.

During the launch, Dr. Bhavani Rao introduced Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s various initiatives for empowering the youth and women in rural India through AMMACHI Labs. AMMACHI Labs has a solid track record in initiating 21st century skills workshops targeting school children and young adults, particularly from villages and vulnerable sections of society for several years now. This prior experience was shared by Associate Prof. Gayathri Manikutty followed by a brief presentation on the DST project strategy by Ms. Sneha Jayahari. Following these presentations, Prof. Kamal Bijlani spoke about Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s past engagements with DST and formally introduced and welcomed Dr. Sujit Banerje, who then gave a keynote address and officially launched the DST project. He lauded the dedicated efforts of the entire Amrita team in empowering rural youth following the inspiration of its chancellor Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. He envisions this project as a key initiative funded by DST that will contribute to the goal of empowering the youth of India.

Project Objectives

  1. To deliver group-based collaborative workshops in Internet Technologies, Mobile Apps, Multimedia and Maker for hands-on tinkering.
  2. To conduct three hands-on workshops in three Hindi speaking villages. (A total of 9 workshops)
  3. To deliver personalized online courses in vernacular languages for children based on concepts taught in workshops

This project aims to train 200 rural school students via online trainings and face to face trainings in the villages of Mahendragarh (Haryana), Kondagaon (Chattisgarh) and Kangra (Himachal Pradesh) through a series of 14 day workshops.

Project Status: Current/On-Going Project

We are glad to inform you that during this time period we have conducted the 3 online workshops for the students from Thalasseri, Kerala & 6 online TTT sessions in which teachers from Kerala, West Bengal, Gujrat, Odisha & Tamil Nādu schools participated. Here is the summary of the status:

  • Number of TTT workshops conducted: 8 out of 11
  • Number of teachers trained: 34 out of 64
  • Number of students trained: 104 out of 1000
  • Teaching Background of participants: Majority from Computer Science with 5 years of teaching experience
  • Participating States: Gujarat, West Bengal, Odisha, Kerala & Tamil Nādu, Maharashtra (start in Nov), Meghalaya (start in Feb,2022), Haryana (start in Jan,2022)
  • Mode of delivery: Google classroom and Google Meet, In-person (onsite)

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Sl. No. Workshop Name Dates
1. Social Making February 19-25, 2021
2. Web Design & Development April 1-8, 2021
3. Social Media March 9-16, 2021
4. DST Project- Interactive Media (TTT 1) July 29- August 4, 2021
5. DST Project- Interactive Media (TTT 2) August 25, 2021 – September  1, 2021
6. DST Project-Responsive Web Design (TTT 1) July 28 – August 9, 2021
7. DST Project-Responsive Web Design (TTT 2) September  6-14, 2021
8. DST Project- social media (TTT 1) August 25 – September 1, 2021
3. DST Project- social media (TTT 2) September 23 – October 5 2021

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