December 16, 2017

The Government of Andhra Pradesh, UNESCO MGIEP the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board join force to transform Vishakhapatnam into a Knowledge Hub & Technology enabled Education Center

The Government of Andhra Pradesh, UNESCO MGIEP the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board join force to transform Vishakhapatnam
                                    into a Knowledge Hub & Technology enabled Education Center Left to right: Avanti Srinivasa Rao MP, Khambambati Hari Babu MP, Ghanta Srinivasa Rao Minister for Education AP, Mr. Ananth Director UNESCO, N. Chandrababu Naidu Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Satya Pal Singh Minister of State for Human Resources Development, J. Krishna Kishore CEO Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board, Mrs Udayalakshmi Secretary Education.

The first day of the international Ed-Tech conference Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH) began with the announcement of a strategic partnership between the Education Ministry of the Andhra Government, the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) to develop the state into a hub of Games for Learning.

A three-way MoU has been signed between theAPEDB, UNESCO MGIEP, HRD Ministry Government of India with the intent of making Vishakhapatnam a Knowledge Hub & Technology enabled Education Center. Per the MoU UNESCO MGIEP and the APEDB have agreed, through joint and concerted cooperation, to undertake a scoping study on creating the Games for Learning Hub in Andhra Pradesh dedicated to creating digital pedagogical interventions for building 21st century skills in education. These digital pedagogies are designed by education specialists from across the globe through consultation processes.

Termed as the Intelligent Hub this will have facilities for start-ups including incubation center and access to venture capital. The center will also have requisite facilities for existing gaming institutions who seek to base their operations in Vishakhapatnam.

The Games for Learning Hub will further create an ecosystem of gaming and animation technologies, the outcomes of which may include digital products and services for building skills and competencies, educational video games, 3D content, AR, VR, MR Modules aligned to curricula, cloud based content for education, learning management systems, data driven/artificial intelligence analytics driven intelligent digital assessments, UX/UI, content delivery networks for resource constrained areas, interactive multimodal tech-books, etc.

Further, per the scope of efforts UNESCO MGIEP have agreed to develop a blueprint/business plan for the establishment of the first specialized school in India and the Asia Pacific Region for Children with Learning Differences (these include Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia). This school will be a global centre of excellence for learners with Learning Differences and also serve as a Centre for research and innovation in pedagogies, interventions and remediation for improving learning outcomes for children affected by learning differences.

By June 2018, APEDB facilitate a workshop to bring together all relevant stakeholders to deliberate, discuss and develop a blue print/business plan for the establishment of a Gaming for Learning Hub. This blueprint/business plan will spell out in detail the financial, organizational, human, and logistic resources required for the Games for Learning Hub.

The partnership is in line with the Vision 2029 framework of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh, which consists of 6 transformational areas, namely, human development, inclusive growth, globally competitive economy, knowledge-based economy, sustainability, and governance. The Chief Minister strongly believes that if technological advancements and modernized methodologies of education come to the state the youth will be empowered to reach their full potential.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh’s emphasis on education in achieving the Vision 2029 target is amplified with this collaboration with UNESCO’s category 1 institute in the Asia Pacific Region that has a specific mandate of developing education for the 21st Century focussing on Empathy, Mindfulness and Critical Inquiry. MGIEP will bring to the partnership its expertise on digital pedagogies that foster peace and sustainable development.

“Using games for learning maybe a relatively new concept but it there is much scientific evidence that by using games one can improve the learning process of the students and are also an effective method of assessment as students can learn at their own pace,” said Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director UNESCO MGIEP at the signing of the MoU. He further added, “The signing of this MoU exemplifies the Andhra Pradesh CM’s commitment to equip the future generation with the skills for the 21st century skills and will provide a space for partnerships between universities, private sector public sector, educators, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders. It will put Andhra Pradesh on the global map as the go-to place for innovative digital pedagogies.”

At the formal signing ceremony Mr. J. Krishna Kishore CEO Economic Development Board, Government of Andhra Pradesh remarked, “Our Honorable Chief Minister envisions Andhra Pradesh as a future Knowledge Hub and to achieve this goal, education in AP is being revolutionized. UNESCO MGIEP and APEDB have shared interest and signing this MoU for partnership, we will together establish a Gaming for Learning Hub with the hope of bridging the gaps for students with learning differences.”

Multi-stakeholders from the world of education, technology and transformative digital pedagogies have already shown an interest in the Gaming Hub announced today by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh at #TECH2017 today.

TECH 2017 is organised by UNESCO MGIEP and the Government of Andhra Pradesh with the support of the Ministry of HRD

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