Thursday, February 4, 2010
Intel Young Innovators Programme at Inventure Academy
As India moves to a more knowledge based, globalised, and urbanized economy it faces unprecedented challenges for education achievement.
While India is uniquely poised to take advantage of this increasingly interconnected, open and collaborative world, given its “demographic dividend” (relatively young and growing population) and limited infrastructure (opportunity to leap frog to the 21st century without worrying about legacy systems) much depends on whether it can provide its youth with the education required to capitalize on this.
Educational institutions, such as Inventure Academy are increasingly expected to keep up with the demands for change and at the same time face intense pressure to reinforce traditional practices, be conservative and leave no child behind.
The fact is “We can not prepare students for a world which existed 21 years ago; we don’t know what the world will look like in 21 years time when a child born in 2010 graduates from college; what we do know for sure about the future is that there will be constant change”
There is a growing concern (highlighted further by the success of movies such as the “3 idiots”!) that school going students in India are very focused on getting high marks to secure admissions to higher education institutions (where they can look forward to more of the same, if they do indeed manage to secure a place).
Students, and the larger community in India and globally (given one out seven people world wide is an Indian!) would benefit considerably if students are instead / in addition, encouraged to make independent informed choices about what they want to do when they grow up and equipped to contribute effectively to socio-economic development by innovating, creating jobs and wealth.
This makes the need for a change / fundamental shift in our education system absolutely critical.
Given Intel’s tremendous success with initiatives such as the Intel Open University Network, Inventure Academy and the rest of the K-12 learning community look forward to continue collaborating with Intel to reap dividends that all of us could have only dreamt about in the past! For more on specific details on the programs please refer to reports from my colleagues on ……
Click here to view Intel Programme for Grades 9,10&11.
Click here to view the report on the Intel Lab Visit.
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