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Sikkim Government Will Integrate Microsoft’s IT Courseware To Spread Digital Literacy

The tie-up would help make the youth future ready.

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The Sikkim government and Microsoft India on Thursday entered into a pact for revamping the state’s education system by enhancing digital literacy and building new age tech capacity among students and faculty in government-run schools.

The MoU was signed between the Human Resource Development Department and the technology major here.

Sikkim HRD Minister R.B. Subba, Additional Chief Secretary HRD G.P. Upadhyaya and Director Education (Advocacy), Microsoft, Vinnie Jauhari were present at the event.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

As part of the collaboration, Microsoft will support the state in integration of IT content in the state board curriculum to build student capacity, usher in school reforms, build teacher capacity as well as enhance digital literacy and digital citizenship.

Subba said the government was partnering with Microsoft India as part of its commitment to harness the power of technology to transform e-governance and core sectors in Sikkim.

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The government will integrate Microsoft’s IT courseware and content in the State board curriculum for classes 6 to 10 and train 100 master trainers on the curriculum at the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) labs., Pixabay

The tie-up would help make the youth future ready, he said.

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The government will integrate Microsoft’s IT courseware and content in the State board curriculum for classes 6 to 10 and train 100 master trainers on the curriculum at the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) labs.

Based on the agreement, two schools would be identified and adopted for implementing the plan. (IANS)

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WhatsApp, NASSCOM to Impart Digital Literacy

These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages

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FILE - The WhatsApp icon is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. VOA

In a bid to curb fake news during the general elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation on Monday came together to impart digital literacy training.

As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.

The co-created curriculum, which includes real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies, will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.

“We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp,” Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp, said in a statement.

“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added.

The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect.

Users can set verification to be required immediately upon log-in. Pixabay

These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages.

The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges.

“The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said.

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“I would like to urge all the connected citizens who want to join this fight against the spread of fake information, to come and help volunteer towards the cause,” Pamidi added.

Aspiring volunteers can register at www.mykartavya.nasscomfoundation.org

NASSCOM Foundation is the social arm of the industry body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). (IANS)