Dubai: ALIG Educational & Welfare Society and Coded Minds have tied up with iSTEAM for providing technical training to students of government schools from six Indian cities.
ALIG and Coded Minds, Indian NGOs, in partnership with Dubai-based international technology company, iSTEAM, would run an eight-week course, enabling school students to get hands-on learning experience in animation and app development. This innovative pedagogical approach is the first-of-its-kind where students of government schools in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal will be receiving technology education from an international company through online classes.
Indian NGO Alig Educational and Welfare Society has tied up with Dubai-based international iSTEAM and technology company, Coded Minds, for the training of government school students from Class 5 to Class 10 spread across six cities in India.
The eight-week courses for animation and App development will start from July 1 and will be available in Jamshedpur, Lucknow, Aligarh, Moradabad, Barabanki and Kolkata in English Communication. As a pilot initiative, 70 students have been selected for the programme and more students will be added in the second phase of this initiative.
ALIG Educational and Welfare Society (ALIG Society), an India based NGO has collaborated with Dubai based international iSTEAM and technology company, Coded Minds, to train Government SchoolStudents (Class 5 to Class 10) from 6 different cities i.e. Jamshedpur, Lucknow, Aligarh, Moradabad, Baranski and Kolkata in English Communication, Animation and App Development. This 8-week course will start 1st of July 2020.
As a pilot initiative, 70 students have been selected for the program. More students will be added to the program in the second phase of this initiative.
This innovative pedagogical approach is the first of its kind, where students of Government schools in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal will be receiving Technology Education, from an international company through online classes.
The 70 selected students, across the 6 cities are being provided with tablets by ALIG, for a two-month period. This two-month summer course will develop a mindset among students to not only break down complex problems into more manageable solutions, but will also equip the learners with a developmental mindset, which will ultimately improve learning agility.
Omar Farooqui, Founder & President of Coded Minds Global believes that such a collaboration will go a long way. “Coded Minds is proud, with the support of ALIG, we will be empowering the children of India with the technological skills needed for the 21st century.”
“The education sector, globally is facing a lot of challenges. To prepare students for future challenges, we need to not only reinvent curriculum, we need to also change how it is being delivered through classrooms, and teaching methods. iSTEAM education is the future and the sooner we embrace it the better,” said Farooqui.
Farooqui said, Coded Minds, is operating in 6 different countries, and is already offering education to hundreds of Indian expatriate students in the UAE. “In the UAE, Indian children come under the top three demographics of our student data base,” he added.
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Farooqui further stated that Coded Minds is on a mission to close the education-skills gap and prepare students of all ages for the post-Fourth Industrial Revolution world in the 21st Century. “We have reverse-engineered education with a practical, hands-on problem solving and project-based curriculum. We empower children and adults to be creative, innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs in their quest for knowledge” said Farooqui.
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Omar Farooqui, Founder and President of Coded Minds, said this is the first time a 100 per cent acquisition has been made by a Gulf-based private education company in the US and Canada. Farooqui announced that following this acquisition, the global best practice and STEM 2.0 curriculum will now be available in all regions where Coded Minds is operating currently.
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