On 10th December, 2019, Dell technologies announced a partnership with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace) to improve educational quality in classrooms by using ICT (Information and Communication Technology) tools and enabling teachers to adopt new technologies in classrooms as mentioned under Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SGD 4-Education) by the member-states of the United Nations (UN). The announcment regarding this was made during the Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH 2019) held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
i.The ICT tools have been developed by Dell Aarambh and FramerSpace platform. Aarambh is a Pan-India PC (Personal Computer) for Education initiative to intensify learning using the power of technology and was launched in 2016, and has trained more than 85,000 teachers across 4,530 schools in about 80 cities in India.
ii.FramerSpace is an artificial intelligence-based digital platform. Aarambh intends to provide teachers with a springboard in Information and Communication technology while FramerSpace would help teachers with rich content creation abilities with analytical insight to provide quality education.
iii.The partnership was signed by P Krishna Kumar, Senior Vice-President of Dell and Anantha Duraiappah, Director of UNESCO MGIEP. The aim of the partnership is to achieve the UN Sustainable Goal 4.7 and in establishing the mission of UNESCO MGIEP in promoting the educational quality. The partnership includes three phases, the first phase is in Andhra Pradesh (AP), Karnataka and Maharashtra.
About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
Formation- 4 November 1946
Headquarters- Paris, France
Head- Director General, Audrey Azoulay