The Oracle Education Foundation Partners with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to Introduce Project Learning in Schools across India
- The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring OEF’s ThinkQuest to 40,000 students attending Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) across India. JNVs are co-educational residential schools for talented children from rural areas.
ThinkQuest is an online learning platform that helps students develop important 21st century skills, including critical thinking, communication, and technology skills. With ThinkQuest, students and teachers can create web-based projects and engage in collaboration with peers globally.
- ThinkQuest will be implemented in more than 400 JNVs over a three-year period. In the first phase of the rollout, OEF will train 240 teachers on how to use ThinkQuest as an effective teaching tool.
In addition, OEF will conduct a Project Learning Institute for 60 teachers. The Project Learning Institute is a professional development program that trains teachers on how to integrate technology, project learning, and 21st century skills development into their curricula.
Launched in India in 2005, ThinkQuest currently supports over 190,000 students and teachers in 1,100 schools across the country. These schools include Kendriya Vidyalayas, government schools in Andhra Pradesh and Pudhucherry, as well as private schools operated by Delhi Public School Society (DPS) and Dayanand Anglo-Vedic Schools (DAV).
“We endeavor to provide the best quality of education to our students. Our partnership with the Oracle Education Foundation will allow our students to use the power of technology to develop important 21st century skills,” said Manoj Singh, Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. ”Using ThinkQuest, students and teachers will be able to collaborate with peers from across the globe. In addition, our teachers will gain hands-on training on how to successfully adopt project learning in the classroom.”
“We are delighted to partner with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to help students develop 21st century skills. With this MoU, we strengthen our existing commitment to providing quality, modern education to students from the interiors of India’s vast geography,” said Krishna Sistla, Senior Director, Oracle Education Initiatives, Asia Pacific and Japan.
About the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti
Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) is a registered Society under Registration of Societies Act, 1860 and is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Currently, NVS runs 565 co-educational residential schools called Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) and these are located at district levels across India. These schools are primarily for talented children from rural areas and aim to provide quality modern education. Students in the Navodaya Vidyalayas are admitted in Class-VI and are provided free education up to Class-XII.
About the Oracle Education Foundation
The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, an online learning platform that helps students develop important 21st century skills, including communication, critical thinking, and technology skills. ThinkQuest includes a project environment that supports collaborative learning; technology competitions that challenge students to solve real-world problems; the award-winning ThinkQuest Library, a learning resource visited by millions; and professional development for educators. For more information, visit http://www.oraclefoundation.org.
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