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“We are working to save and support people from disadvantaged socio-economic groups,” said Tanika Shankar, a UG student at Azim Premji University and co-founder of the Youth Network, which works to promote diversity in curricula and environmental justice. Siddhartha Santosh, a research consultant at the Center for Policy Research, highlights youth participation in creating a platform to help disadvantaged children develop into self-reliant children. Safina Hossain, Founder and Executive Director, Advocate Girls, paints a realistic picture of how young girls miss out on schooling and emphasizes the need for strategic change to change the situation.
Happiness curriculum introduced by the Delhi government for school students has received an award for innovation in education. Of the 12 projects in the 9 countries nominated for the award, the Happiness Curriculum was one of six winning projects that were evaluated on factors such as innovation, scalability, sustainability and its impact on individuals. “The curriculum has been introduced to make schooling a enjoyable experience for students. India has high student suicide rates, and the curriculum is an attempt to control anxiety levels,” said Sucheta Bath, CEO, Dream at Dream, who received the award. For curriculum which has affected 800,000 students in 1,024 schools.
The conference featured two talented teenagers of Indian descent aimed at promoting creative, evidence-based thinking, debate, and purposeful action in education. Tanmoy Boxi, 18, a Canadian of Indian descent, famous for being a young inventor, developer and author, spoke about the importance of implementing AI in an environment where ML occupies 72% of the space, currently working as an IBM consultant software engineer. “Don’t be afraid of change but prevent a crisis of skills,” said Sector Tanmoy.
Gitanjali Rao, born to immigrant parents from India in the 16’s and 90’s, is a student researcher, inventor and STEM promoter who is helping students in Afghanistan, Ghana and India realize their learning potential. “Technology can be used to create a more conducive environment and adding innovation to elementary education will help create young innovators. The skills we learn in primary school stick with us,” he said.
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