STEM-C Education and Skilling Programme Launched in Eastern Uttar Pradesh – Saraswati Seva Foundation

19/09/2017 | Faizabad

The grand VISION INDIA 2022 and the INDIA 2030 require the villages and smaller cities of India to develop the skills and knowledge systems in the students and the schools for next level of development. SSF views it as a huge opportunity to develop and deploy this critical resouce pool, that India is endowed with, to catapult it to next stage of development.


Saraswati Seva Foundation’s philosophy is to take the cutting-edge scalable learning solution & Skill kit to rural and smaller cities. It supports personal aspirations, local economies, and build a skill pool to support broader inflection at socio-economic level. We believe that computer-aided digital education brings in best quality learning outcomes at the least unit cost and is the easiest to scale up. SSF has developed the digital content using several credible sources, and is taking it to the government, government-aided and other schools which are mostly catering to the under-privileged sections and low income group strata.

Saraswati Seva Foundation is a non-profit entity, determined to brighten up the lives of the under-privileged young members of society. It has initiated STEM-C (Science, Technology, English, Math and Computer) program to provide schoolchildren, living in the areas with minimal opportunities, with the life skills that will carry them across a more futuristic, creative career path. We wish to empower the children and help them to achieve a better future. SSF believes that the key to this empowerment is education, and so, has implemented the STEM-C programs in a number of schools in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh to begin with.

Our launch pilot stage-1 has taken place with 5 schools on the 15 Aug 2017. At the pilot stage-1 launch, our coverage is as follows.

School Children Reached

 

>5000

School ChildrenImpacted

 

>1200

School Teachers Exposed

 

>50

 

STEM-C program’s pilot stage-2 launch is scheduled on 26 Jan 2018. We believe that at the end of pilot stage-2 phase in Sep 2018, SSF would be covering

School Children Reached

 

>1,00,000

School Children Impacted

 

>15,000

School Teachers Exposed

 

>500

 

Total Schools Reached

 

>50

Teacher Training Conducted

 

>25

e-Resource shared

 

With all Schools

 

SSF, with the belief that deepening of STEM-C education is a must for the development of skill-base and the scalable mode of learning, has partnered with the Indian arm of the IET UK,  (The Institution of Engineering and Technology), one of the oldest and largest engineering society in the world. SSF is using the best of the e-resourcesfrom IET’s Faraday program and several other well-known educational agencies.

In STEM-C, we plan to teach the children through technology. Our belief is that kids learn and retain more information when interacting with the pictures and digital platforms along with the ordinary textbooks. Videos and images intrigue children more than a book because of their optic appeal and the power of explaining. With the average digital exposure children have nowadays, good quality digital channels are going to be in the core of most educational package designs.

STEM-C has been launched in 5 schools so far, in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. Mr Vivek Singh, President of SSF, talks about one of his meetings with the pupils of one of the schools: “We spoke to 70 girls of the seventh standard this week (In Aug 2017) in one of the schools. I couldn’t believe myself when they told me that roughly half of them haven’t on-boarded a train yet!”. This question came up as we were discussing the science topic ‘Motion’ using a short video on evolution of trains over the last 150 years and how the principles of motion would be at play.

SSF’s STEM-C pilot program is targeting the students of 6th, 7th, and 8th standards. Our classes consist of 4 specific modules including the Topics in the curriculum, Topics of general scientific inquiry; Environment, it’s interaction with us and our role; and the healthcare. The classes are using several participatory techniques including inter-group ‘Mental Math Competitions’ (MeMaC), ‘Reason It Out’ (RIO) sessions etc. We frequently use videoson science topics e.g. ‘Earth’s origin’ and ‘Digestive System’ and motivate the students to know & think, ask questions or respondothers’ questions.

While the digital education to the school students is the first action point, long term action agenda includes capacity building of the school systems and the teachers. Train the Teachers (T2) Prorgam was included in the Launch and Inaugural Program, as started by Sri Balram Pandey, chair of SSF Expert Panel,and was attended by majority of the teachers of many schools. This sesison addressed the need to have renewed emphasis on STEM-C learning and adopt new-age teaching methods. The key note was followed up with the vision, approach of the foundation and action plan of SSF by Mr Vivek Singh, SSF president, whohighlighted the need to train and challenge the young minds using the latest technology tools. Mr. Shekhar Sanyal, CEO IET India, participated through electronic media and presented IET’s vision to help build technological solutions for social good and wished well to this initiative.

The format of teaching delivery was blended of digital Equipment and learning contents provided by SSF and time-to-time brief explanation by the school teacher as well as SSF Instructors. As part of its objectives, it is SSF’s effort to make the experience of its stakeholders (School Management, Teachers, Students) participative and let the schools take the lead in alternative model of delivering education going forward.

Dissemination Contact:

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