The training programme is aimed at providing teachers tools and methodologies to explain concepts innovatively, encourage curiosity, and promote experiential learning in classrooms.
The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF), in association with the Agastya International Foundation (AIF) and the Government of Karnataka, launched the second edition of its Teachers’ Training Programme focused on the constructivist approach in hands-on training for educators from government schools in Karnataka, at the Infosys campus in Mysuru. The training programme is aimed at providing teachers tools and methodologies to explain concepts innovatively, encourage curiosity, and promote experiential learning in classrooms. The current year’s programme will be completed in batches over the next six-months.
Mr. K. Dinesh, Trustee, Infosys Science Foundation, and Co - Founder, Infosys delivered the inaugural address. Shri. Basavaraj B.K, Joint Director, CTE- Mysore, Government of Karnataka, Mr. Ramji Raghavan, Founder and Chairman, Agastya International Foundation and Prof. Niranjan Dass, Former Principal, Vijaya College, Bangalore were also present at the event.
The Foundation believes that growth and development of any country depends on the education of its citizens. Teachers play a critical role in preparing children and young people to become responsible citizens with spirits of active participation, and promoting and strengthening social integration. Through this program, the ISF aims to train approximately 6,500 teachers over the next three years.
Further, the ISF will support AIF with the follow-up programme by taking mobile labs to the doorsteps of the schools of the attendees of these training programs. The platform is designed to develop curiosity and creativity among students, and make learning an exciting experience. Besides, the program will identify young instructors from among students and encourage peer-to-peer learning.
Separately, the ISF has also partnered with ‘Connecting the Dots’ to train teachers of B.Ed. colleges. This is a two-year program, followed by a mentoring programme the following year. The Foundation plans to train 150 B.Ed. teachers with ‘Connecting the Dots’ this year.
Mr. Ramji Raghavan, Founder and Chairman, Agastya International Foundation, said, “Teachers can transform society. Encouraging, stimulating, training and motivating teachers to transform classrooms through inspired performance therefore is imperative to build a vibrant education system and society. We are delighted to partner with the Infosys Science Foundation and the Government of Karnataka to further our objective of injecting a creative spark through the “Aah Aha! and Ha-ha!” spirit of learning in the school classroom.”
Speaking at the inauguration of the program, Mr. K. Dinesh, Trustee, Infosys Science Foundation, and Co - Founder, Infosys, said, “Our concept of education has to change. We should train our children to translate what they learn in the classroom/labs into an understanding of the natural and physical phenomena of science outside in the real world and think of solving problems in the society around them. It is here that teachers play a critical role in influencing and moulding the minds of their young wards. We believe that enabling these teachers will have a considerable effect in reaching out to hundreds of thousands of students. Through this initiative, we hope to break-down conventional teaching methodologies and equip educators to be co-constructors of knowledge with children, by exploring and multiplying their own innate curiosity and creativity.”
About the Infosys Science Foundation
The Infosys Prize is awarded under the aegis of the Infosys Science Foundation, a not-for-profit trust instituted in February 2009. The Infosys Science Foundation is funded by a corpus which today stands at over INR 120 Crore, contributed by the trustees and Infosys.
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