Monday, October 3, 2022

Children should be provided with basic equipment at schools: FM



Union minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday, stated that children should at least be provided with basic equipment in schools such as digital learning tools and easy to use gadgets to enhance their skills.
Speaking at a brief visit to Dr. Neilhouzhü Kire GHSS, the finance minister called on the association of multinational companies to invest in schools and to skill students especially from Nagaland, who were looking for opportunities.
FM suggested that after any competition was held in the state, students should be taken to Delhi or Bengaluru for an interaction with students there, which she said, would help Naga students expose their talents.
Later, she inspected the science exhibition and interacted with students.
Delivering welcome address, principal director School Education, Thavaseelan K said there were four focuses which the department was going forward with, starting with fixing primary education, foundation literacy and numeracy, second will be bridging the gap in terms of what was available and what was needed. He said the third focus will be a combination of assessment, integrating life skills and exposing students to a stack of established and emerging technology.
Thavaseelan further said the last focus would be kids with special needs both physical disabilities and specific learning disabilities.
Meanwhile IBM expanded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for girls at Dr. Neilhouzhü Kire GHSS Kohima. IBM STEM for girls was a digital fluency and life skills curriculum designed to help girls in government secondary schools break gender stereotypes and explore possibilities of STEM enabled careers, developed in collaboration with Quest Alliance.
IBM STEM will also be expanded to Dimapur and Kiphire at the initial stage after which the entire districts will be covered.
YouthNet signed a MoU with IBM, DoSE and Quest Alliance to implement STEM for girls in Nagaland.
MP Rajya Sabha Phangnon Konyak, deputy CM Y. Patton, advisor for school education KT Sukhalu, advisor IT&C, NRE, Science and Technology Mmhonlümo Kikon and a host of senior government officials accompanied the finance minister.