Ministry of Tribal Affairs launches Phase II of the ‘Amazon Future Engineer Programme’

  • Launched by the National Education Society for Tribal Students (NESTS), under the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs in New Delhi.
  • Launched in 54 Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) spread across Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana.
  • The second phase would include an Advanced Block Programming and Artificial Intelligence curriculum.
  • Three-day in-person teachers’ training workshop and the EMRS Coders Expo, an exhibition of Top 20 Coding Projects

Programme content:

  • The revised module will introduce a customized coding and artificial intelligence (AI) curriculum aligned with CBSE skill education.
  • In addition to the current courses in coding, logical sequencing, learning loops, and block programming.
  • The 20-hour module is constructed taking into account the current exposure of tribal students to computer science and coding.
  • Class six students will be taught the fundamentals of computer science
  • Seventh standard will be introduced to the advanced concepts of visual programming
  • Grade eight will get introductory exposure sessions to AI
  • Grade nine will learn the fundamentals of AI
  • For grade 10, the AI module aligned with the CBSE skills curriculum will be introduced in the academic year 2024-25

Overview:

  • Collaboration between Amazon Future Engineer programme and NESTS
  • India has a tribal population of over 10 crores, which faces language and cultural barriers to access modern education.
  • Capacity building of teachers in their local languages, especially for tribal communities in India, will empower them to deliver curriculum in a much-enhanced manner and prepare the tribal students to compete in the technologically advanced world
  • The pilot phase, launched in collaboration with Amazon India and Learning Links Foundation (LLF) last year, has trained over 7,000 students from grades six to eight on the fundamentals of computer science and block programming modules.
  • More than 50 teachers were trained through a 2-day capacity-building workshop followed by periodic virtual sessions in Phase I. (Launch of Phase I: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1887065)
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