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Vi’s CSR arm partners Ericsson India to setup robotic labs in schools

Vi’s CSR arm partners Ericsson India to setup robotic labs in schools

Vodafone Idea Foundation, Vi's CSR unit, and Ericsson India have reportedly formed a partnership to establish futuristic Robotic Labs in around ten schools around the nation to offer modern learning opportunities to students from underprivileged social groups, gearing them up to take part in future technological studies.

Digital Labs is a cutting-edge education program that guides school going children in the age group of 11 to 14 years into their first encounters with new technology and programming. Digital Labs hope to spark confidence in these children for embracing technology and develop a problem-solving mindset by having an inclusive learning environment.

By delivering an interesting learning experience and developing abilities like problem-solving skills, teamwork, as well as critical thinking, the partnership intends to improve students' employment opportunities and overall education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Ten Digital Labs will be established at Vodafone Idea Foundation schools in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Gujarat as a result of this collaboration.

With a combination of virtual and face-to-face training sessions, the robotics training courses will focus on offering basic knowledge of programming logic concerning robotics, application of design theory on ways to build a robot to fix basic tasks, as well as the use of various data types like Booleans, string, and so on. In the future, a complete Train-the-Trainer program will assist in scaling this up to serve a greater portion of society.

Through innovative technological interventions such as Gurushala, Jigyasa, and the Teachers and Students Scholarship Program, the Vodafone Idea Foundation has significantly affected nearly 16 million children.

P Balaji, Vodafone Idea Ltd.’s Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, and Vodafone Idea Foundation’s Director stated that by taking the 'Technology for Good' mission forward, the firm is thrilled to join with Ericsson to introduce young minds to higher-level development and skills.

He further added that the firm urges underserved communities to pursue advanced ICT education or even enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) domains.

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