Hyderabad: Amazon Future Engineers (AFE) has been launched by Amazon to give kids hands on computer science.. Educational Initiative (Ei) has tied up with Mindspark. As part of this, the Foundation is working to promote Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) by introducing students to computer science in 50 schools across Telangana.
As part of that, training is being provided at Amazon’s Future Engineer Labs through the Adaptive Learning Program (PAL). The program supports students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to transition into a computer science career. Launched in September 2021, the program aims to reach 50,000 girls within three years.
The program, which has impacted 10,000 girls in 50 tribal schools, aims to expand to 200 tribal schools by the end of the year. TWAS organized on 22nd of this month at Mutyalammagudem titled ‘New Chapter in Computer Education – Contribution of Future Engineers’. Minister for Women and Child Welfare Satyavati Rathore was the chief guest on the occasion. The main objective of the program is to develop 200 tribal schools and bring computer science education closer to students from all social and economic backgrounds.
Speaking on the occasion, Satyavathy Rathod said that it is a pleasure to see the students of TWAS Mutyalamma Gudem School getting quality computer science education through Amazon. They said they look forward to partnering with AFE and EI to expand the program to other tribal schools across the state.
Students interested in pursuing computer science careers are also supported through scholarships and skill building programs. Speaking on the occasion, Anithakumar, Head of Corporate Philanthropy, India and Amazon’s CSR, said that he believes in the power of computer science to unleash creativity and bring human potential to light. Last year, around 3,50,000 students received computer science training and said their futures have been secured at top positions in the technology industry. In collaboration with the Telangana Tribal Welfare Department, a step forward has been taken to learn mathematics and languages in remote tribal residential schools, helping 8,700 students to excel.
EI Siksha Associate Vice President Ritesh Aggarwal shared his thoughts on the importance of computer science education and the effectiveness of the program. Any student interested and determined to pursue a career in computer science should ensure that effective pedagogy and a lack of resources are not deterred. In Telangana, Amazon Vision, tribal department support and school leadership came together to make the program a success, he said.