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CapGemini to spur digital literacy

Over the past three years, Change Initiatives in partnership with Capgemini has been running the “Lets Code” project, which offers coding and tinkering classes to government-aided schools and has established labs in 10 schools

A Staff Reporter Calcutta Published 22.06.24, 11:39 AM
Anurag Pratap (extreme right), VP - digital inclusion and sustainability leader, Capgemini Technology, in Calcutta on Friday.

Anurag Pratap (extreme right), VP - digital inclusion and sustainability leader, Capgemini Technology, in Calcutta on Friday. Sourced by the Telegraph

IT major Capgemini on Friday said it intends to extend the work it is doing towards supporting government-aided schools in digital transformation through an integrated approach with STEM education and coding skills.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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“The whole idea of our work on digital inclusion is about democratising science and math for everyone so that there is no exclusion because a child studies in a government school or comes from a specific economic strata,” said Anurag Pratap, vice-president, digital inclusion and sustainability leader, Capgemini Technology Services India Limited.

He was in the city for the second annual government-aided school meet organised by NGO Change Initiatives in association with Capgemini, featuring student exhibitions and panel discussions on practical coding and tinkering education in select government schools of Bengal.

Over the past three years, Change Initiatives in partnership with Capgemini has been running the “Lets Code” project, which offers coding and tinkering classes to government-aided schools and has established labs in 10 schools.

Pratap said that nationally Capgemini is working with 500 schools in 13 cities where the company is present.

“The role that we play is not just to provide financial support but we also design the module, help schools get the right kind of mentors, and we also help in collating the training content,” he said.

“This is a three-year project which is culminating and this is also getting extended to three more years because education is not a short-term investment,” he said.

“We are going to intensify our work. For example, one of the schools will get the robotic arena, where students can work with robots just like in any international school,” he added.

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