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Fuel for India 2021: Mark Zuckerberg announces partnership with CBSE

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The second edition of META Conflict for India 2021 concluded today. Speaking at the event, Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, and CEO of META said that his company will expand its partnership with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Under this expansion, a curriculum on Digital Safety and Online Health and Augmented Reality (AR) will be provided to over 10 million students and 1 million teachers in India. In addition, in line with the government’s vision to make education universal, META and CBSE will democratize the high school curriculum by giving students online access to quality academic content through modules that will be made available on the CBSE website.

FB for Education’ initiative : Fuel for India 2021

The first phase of the ‘FB for Education’ initiative was launched in June 2020 with an aim to prepare students and teachers for the future and to create a safe online environment and learning experience. More than 500,000 students showed interest in digital safety and online health, and more than 14,000 teachers applied for training in augmented reality. The next phase of this partnership for the next 3 years began with the Educators Roundtable on 2nd November 2021 at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

It was attended by selected principals and teachers and then a webinar was organized on 1st December 2021, in which more than 5000 teachers discussed digital health, digital citizenship, and interesting STEM education using AR/VR. The partnership with CBSE also underscores META’s commitment to India and reflects their combined vision to make STEM education ubiquitous. For this, it is ensured that students across India have equal access to quality educational content so that they are prepared for future work in a digitally empowered economy.

National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 : Fuel for India 2021

As per the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, META and CBSE will work together to prepare the content and develop the curriculum.

The curriculum will integrate exciting technologies, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), which are relevant to the changing digital landscape. It will be a matter of skills for the students. By adding Augmented Reality experiences to the curriculum, students will be more active and create using emerging technologies of the future.

Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Biswajit Saha, Director, Skills Education and Training, CBSE, said, “The pandemic has affected everyone. There has been an unprecedented change in the process of education. This change has created a wall of challenges in making the process of learning easier. With META, we hope to enhance our online teaching and curriculum capabilities and make them available to students across the country. The first phase of this program received good feedback, which encouraged us to expand the scope of this partnership. This partnership will go a long way in empowering our teachers with the skills required to effectively use online tools for student engagement.

India‘s digital journey : Fuel for India 2021

Ajit Mohan, Vice President, and Managing Director, Facebook India, said, “As a company passionate and passionate about India’s digital journey, we strive to give both teachers and students easy access to quality digital tools. This will lead to a more inclusive and equitable environment. We are with them in CBSE’s goal of making education democratic for all. We believe that the youth of the country can have a better learning journey with access to quality resources for online education and new technologies in the form of AR.”

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