Amazon collaborates with Ei to provide computer science education to 50k tribal girls in Telangana – ET Government

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Telangana Minister for Scheduled Tribes Welfare Satyavathi Rathod

Amazon on Thursday announced that it has associated with Educational Initiatives (Ei) to implement Amazon Future Engineer (AFE) programme in 50 schools across Telangana. The programme will introduce computer science education to children and to improve their foundational literacy and numeracy (FLN) skills using Ei’s personalized adaptive learning (PAL) tool, Mindspark in AFE labs.AFE is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education for children. The programme started in September 2021, and aims to reach 50,000 girls in three years to improve their economic and life outcomes, the e-commerce giant said in a release.

To commemorate the successful completion of a year of the programme, impacting 10,000 girls across 50 tribal schools, and to launch the next step towards scaling the programme to 200 tribal schools, Educational Initiatives (Ei) organized ‘Computer Shikshana Lo Nuthana Adhyayam – Supporting future engineers’ event at TWAS Muthyalamma Gudem.

State Minister for Scheduled Tribes Welfare Satyavathi Rathod said while setting the stage for the progression of the programme into 200 tribal schools, the event was an important step in bringing computer science education to the students of Telangana from all economic and social backgrounds.The minister said, “In line with government of Telangana’s focus on providing quality education to all, especially for tribal girl students, it is heartening to see that students from TWAS Muthyalamma Gudem School get access to quality computer science education through the efforts of Amazon through its Amazon Future Engineer programme and Ei.

“We look forward to partnering with them to expand this programme to other tribal schools from across the state,” she added.

Anita Kumar, Head of CSR and Corporate Philanthropy, India & APAC at Amazon said, over 3,50,000 students have explored and learned computer science, got exposed to various careers in the tech industry and have built creative projects in the past year. In Telangana, we have gone a step further to add mathematics and language learning in the remote tribal residential schools in collaboration with the Tribal Welfare Department of Telangana helping over 8,700 students to excel. We will learn from this initiative and work with our partners to scale our impact.”

Ritesh Agarwal, the Associate Vice President of Ei Shiksha, while sharing his thoughts on the importance of computer science education and the effectiveness of the programme, said in Telangana, it is the coming together of Amazon’s vision, the tribal department’s support and the eagerness of the school leadership that has resulted in the programme’s success. We must continue working together to make sure that the students are set up for success in their life and career.


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