During the visit and interaction with the students on 23rd August 2022 at Dr. Neilhouzhü Kire GHSS, the Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman stated that children should be provided with at least basic equipment in schools like digital learning tools, easy to use gadgets to enhance their skills. She called upon the association of multinational companies to invest in schools and to skill students especially for the state like Nagaland who are looking for opportunities to get to know better skills. She also suggested the Deputy CM and Rajya Sabha MP to select the students from similar classes and similar levels with different groups and take them to schools of either Delhi or Bangalore to have an exchange of learning which would widening the scope of students. She also inspected the Science Exhibition and interacted with the students.
Delivering welcome address, Principal Director School Education Thavaseelan K, IAS said that to introduce the IBM STEM for Girls programme in more than 250 Secondary and Higher Secondary School across the districts in the state the curriculum will supplement the state effort towards quality education. He said that the program will help enable more than 12000 girls studying between grades 8-10 with access to digital fluency, skill training includes life abs career skills. He informed that the partnership is part of a three years programme between IBM and Nagaland state government with QUEST Alliance and Youth Net as implementation partners to increase the participation of girls and women in STEM careers.
He also highlighted that the programme aims to empower nearly 1400 teachers participating school to engage and train students on computational thinking STEM and agency development for girls. Educators will use IBM Skill and build a platform that includes online course work and tools to engage with Students. He also said that the programme is currently being implemented in six districts across 69 government schools.
He informed that the Department of School Education and IBM India Pvt Ltd. signed a three-year MOU on 4th January, 2022 to work with 279 secondary schools across the state of Nagaland over three years. The engagement will benefit more than 25,000 students to build STEM Mindset and computational thinking further inspiring them to take up education and careers in the STEM field.
The Program was chaired by Tiala Pongener, and short speeches were delivered by Nuneseno Chase, Director Youth Net, Joyeeta Das, Lead Global Education and Workforce Development, IBM and vote of thanks was delivered by Rose Chishi, Vice-Principal.