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Panaji: E-learning devices will soon be a new addition for children in Aaganwaadis across the state. Based on a pilot project launched with the support  of Siemens Limited, the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Goa, appointed ConveGenius – a renowned ed-tech based company which has earlier done similar projects in 16 states of India like Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

 This advanced learning system will be launched initially on a pilot basis at Anganwadis in Sattari and Ponda. E-learning is undertaken as a project under the ‘Digital India Mission’, a vision of ‘our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Post this pilot project, plans are afoot to extend the same to all the Anganwadis in the state.

 Speaking about e-learning, Minister for Women and Child Development Shri Vishwajit Rane said, “Introducing e-learning to Anganwadi children has always been a dream for me, which I am very happy to say, has been accomplished with the help of Siemens and ConveGenius. 90 percent of a child’s brain is developed in the first six years, and with the state-of-the-art lesson plans, tech-enabled classrooms, and curated syllabus, our Anganwadi children will be prepared for first grade before they enter mainstream school. Online education will help our children to improve their education activities and get familiar with the technology. I am grateful to our honorable Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant for his constant support in every project and this initiative taken by us.”

 The educational software in Konkani and English is designed as per ECCE guidelines by ConveGenius. This digital set up comprises of smart TV and tablets with preloaded educational software to the Anganwadi’s. The tools designed by ConveGenius will strengthen the foundation of students, provide motivation, and build confidence by developing L-S-R-W (LISTENING-SPEAKING-WRITING-READING) skills through the tablet-based digital learning methods. This advanced learning system will help children to clearly remember information and make them interested in creating work programs and exercises while recording each student’s performance.

 Sunil Mathur, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Limited, said, “Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country. Siemens in India has various ongoing programs in the area of skill development. The support for setting up digital Aaganwaadis adds another dimension to Siemens India’s skilling and education initiatives, with a focus on integrated community development. As a responsible Corporate Citizen, we fully support and applaud the Government of Goa’s efforts in implementing the latest technologies and infrastructure to enable quality education at every level.”

Speaking about the software, Co-founder of ConveGenius Jairaj Bhattacharya said, “We are excited to participate in this initiative, With the new NEP guidelines focusing on foundational literacy and numeracy our digital curriculum frameworks will rapidly aim in improving learning outcomes and creating a digital systemic transformation. This will tie with our larger goal to impact 100 Million students across India for our EdTech for Naya Bharat mission launched in 16 states so far in the country”.

 The motive behind this initiative is to provide the Anganwadi children with the same infrastructure and facility that the private schools have. Ever since the pandemic, thousands of students across the country are adjusting to the new normal of online learning. There are several ways that online education can help to improve the learning experience of children. It increases the level of children’s engagement with materials through the use of interactive graphics, video, and other media.

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