Facebook which reaches out to so many users than any other international company in India has recently announced that the company had joined hands with the Central Board Of Secondary Education, an authority that looks after education in public and private schools in India.
The aim is to launch a certified syllabus on online well-being and digital safety and augmented reality (AR) for teachers and students in India. The main focus of Facebook and CBSE is to educate secondary school students for present and emerging jobs and make them aware of how to safely browse the internet and also to make informed choices and look after their mental health.
Phases Of Training
Facebook will give these training in several phases. In the very first phase, it will train more than 10,000 teachers; in the second phase, they will coach 30,000 students. The training on AR of three weeks will cover the basics and fundamentals of nascent technology and ways to use Facebook’s Spark AR Studio to make augmented reality experiences.
“I encourage the teachers and students to apply for the programs commencing on July 6, 2020,” said Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Minister of Human Resources Development in India, in a statement.
Facebook has taken various steps to spread awareness about the ill side of technology as the platform tackles with wrong use of its own services in the country. Facebook partnered up with the Reliance Jio, the telecom giant in which it invested $5.7 billion to launch “Digital Udaan” the biggest ever digital literacy initiative for first-time users of the internet in India.
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“I am proud to share that CBSE is the only Board that has introduced the modules of Digital Safety and Online Well-being, Instagram Toolkit for Teens and Augmented Reality. Incorporating technology and digital safety into school curriculum will ensure students are not only gaining knowledge to succeed in the digital economy but also learning and collaborating in a safe online environment,” said Manoj Ahuja, Chairperson of CBSE, in a statement.
The announcement was made amid the remarkable week in India that began with the Indian government banning around 60 services by Chinese firms for concerns related to cybersecurity.