Samsung, UNESCO to improve learning outcomes in Navodaya Vidyalaya

Samsung, UNESCO to improve learning outcomes in Navodaya Vidyalaya
Prabha Dhavala | Nov 27, 2018 - 4:17 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI, November 27, 2018: Samsung India has announced the MyDream project in collaboration with UNESCO MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development) and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. The research study has been announced to find out how to enhance learning outcomes for middle school students in order to reduce their stress levels.

Speaking on the development, Dr. Anantha K Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP said, “Through the My Dream project, UNESCO MGIEP wants to build intellectually and emotionally resilient young people. We seek to make learning fun and stress-free and training young people to be mindful, empathetic and compassionate. This research project will help us understand how learning outcomes for students can be improved and how their stress levels can be mitigated. This partnership between UNESCO MGIEP, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti and Samsung will pave way for not just an impact in India, but a global one.”

Aim of MyDream project

Under the MyDream project, Samsung and UNESCO MGIEP will conduct a two-year research study at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) schools across India. This study is designed to understand how project-based and socio-emotional learning (SEL) can be used to drive learning outcomes of students as defined by their Mathematics and Science scores measured by Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and also to reduce their stress levels.

For the study, 64 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools, where Samsung already operates a Samsung Smart Class, have been chosen.

What is Samsung Smart class?

In a separate partnership with the Andhra Pradesh Government, Samsung has announced setting up of Samsung Smart Class at 14 government colleges across Andhra Pradesh. These classes will offer Bachelors of Education (B.Ed) and Diploma in Education (D.Ed) courses.

The partnership with Andhra Pradesh government for setting up Samsung Smart Class at 14 B.Ed and D.Ed government colleges across Andhra Pradesh seeks to help teachers adapt transmissive teaching that digital technologies have to offer and bring in behavioural and attitudinal shift towards integrating these new educational possibilities offered by technology with curricula and lessons in focus.

“AP Government is going to introduce digital instruction design and training as part of the B.Ed course with 200 hours of curriculum developed by UNESCO MGIEP. Samsung has been an enabler in this endeavor by equipping all government B.Ed and D.Ed colleges with Samsung Smart Class,” said Adityanath Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Education, Andhra Pradesh Government.

What will Samsung Smart class deliver?

The 14 Samsung Smart Class will deliver 200 hours of course curriculum that is being developed for the Andhra Pradesh Government under the UNESCO MGIEP initiative ‘Teaching Teachers for Technology’. The course is been developed by UNESCO MGIEP so that future teachers can be effectively trained to teach students with the help of the latest technology using digital pedagogies.

Samsung Smart Class is currently available at 652 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools, 28 Government schools in Tamil Nadu and three Delhi Police Public Schools, taking the total number of Samsung Smart Class in India to 683.

Every Samsung Smart Class is equipped with an interactive Samsung Smartboards, Samsung tablets, a printer, Wi-Fi connectivity and power backup.

Inception & how it benefited

Since the first Samsung Smart Class was established in 2013 in association with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, over 2.5 lakh students have benefitted from it. In addition, over 8,000 teachers have been trained on how to use interactive technology to teach effectively, improving the quality of teaching and building capacity at government schools. It has improved student familiarity with technology and has helped students learn complicated concepts more easily.

At the end of the study, a comprehensive report and recommendations will be submitted to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

“Samsung is proud to partner with UNESCO MGIEP and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti on this groundbreaking research that seeks to transform education that will empower children with skill sets for the 21st century,” said Peter Rhee, Corporate Vice President, Samsung India.

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