Facebook makes education push in India
Facebook, which reaches more users than the other international firm in India, has identified a replacement area of opportunity to further spread its tentacles within the world’s second-largest internet market.
On Sunday, the social juggernaut announced it had partnered with the Central Board of education, a government body that oversees education privately and public schools in India, to launch a licensed curriculum on digital safety and online well-being, and augmented reality for college kids and educators within the country.
Through these subjects, Facebook and CBSE aim to organize lyceum students for current and emerging jobs, and help them develop skills to securely browse the web, make “well-informed choices” and believe their psychological state, they said.
Facebook said it'll provide training in various phases. within the first phase, quite 10,000 teachers are going to be trained; within the second, they're going to coach 30,000 students. The three-week training on AR will cover fundamentals of the nascent technology and ways to form the use of Facebook’s Spark AR Studio to make augmented reality experiences.
“I encourage the teachers and students to use for the programs commencing on July 6, 2020,” said Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Minister of Human Resources Development in India, during a statement.
Facebook has in recent years ramped up its efforts to make awareness about the ill side of technology as its platform confronts misuse of its own services within the country. Last year it partnered with telecom giant Reliance Jio Platforms — during which it might eventually invest $5.7 billion — to launch “Digital Udaan,” the “largest-ever digital literacy program” for first-time internet users within the country. India is the biggest marketplace for Facebook by user count.
Instagram’s Guide for Building Healthy Digital Habits, which has been developed together with the Jed Foundation and Young Leaders for Active Citizenship, aims to assist youngsters better understand the “socio-emotional space” they operate in and have interaction in health conversations.
“I am proud to share that CBSE is that 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 the school curriculum will ensure students aren't only gaining knowledge to achieve the digital economy but also learning and collaborating during a safe online environment,” said Manoj Ahuja, chairperson of CBSE, during a statement.
The announcement today caps an interesting week in India that started with New Delhi blocking nearly 60 services developed by Chinese firms over cybersecurity concerns. TikTok, one among the services that have been hit by India’s order, identified Asia’s third-largest economy as its biggest market outside of China.
The service, travel by Chinese giant ByteDance, reaches quite 200 million users in India, most of whom sleep in small towns and cities. TikTok began working with many content creators and firms in India last year to populate its short-form video service with educational videos.