Chennai: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Facebook have joined hands to launch curriculum on “digital safety and online well-being” and “Augmented Reality” for students and educators.
Making an announcement in this regard, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said, “I congratulate CBSE and Facebook on its partnership to introduce certified programmes in Augmented Reality for teachers and Digital Safety and online-wellbeing for students. I encourage the teachers and students to apply for the programmes commencing on 6 July.”
CBSE officials said the comprehensive curriculum is aimed at ensuring online well-being of students and preparing them for the future of work. “The modules are for secondary school students. The curriculum is now available on the CBSE website. This partnership is led by Facebook for Education, a global initiative by Facebook, to build diverse learning communities and bring the world closer together,” according to a senior official.
“As more and more young users get online, it becomes important to educate young adults, and students on making well informed choices online and also help them develop skills they need to safely navigate the internet,” added the official.
At least 10,000 students will be covered in the training which will be imparted by the Centre for Social Research (CSR), it is said.
Ankhi Das, Director, Public Policy, India, South and Central Asia, said, “the current global pandemic is the most severe health and humanitarian crisis that the country has seen, with far-reaching impact on our lives. We recognise the disruption it has caused to traditional pedagogical methods necessitating a shift to virtual modes of learning the most”.
“Through our Facebook for Education programme in India, we wish to support the educational agencies in the country in enabling lessons on fostering safe online experiences, addressing online well-being as well as sharing easy toolkit for parents, educators and students to promote resilience and learning in the current environment,” Das added.