PANAJI: Career guidance, exposure and career readiness programme will help to empower students with the tools and support they need, this program aspires to create a vibrant workforce that will drive economic growth and contributes to the overall development of students, stated Chief Minister, Dr. Pramod Sawant addressing after handing over Laptops to 19 School Management’s under ICT programne from all over Goa at a function organized by the Directorate of Education at Secretariat Porvorim on Wednesday.
Chief Minister said while aiming to create a new India, the emphasis would be laid on providing career options and skill development etc.
The coding and robotics which was implemented at standard 9th have proved successful as it ranked 4th position at the national level, he said.
The Chief Minister further said that this Programme will help enable youth to make informed well in advance about career choices and transitions, ensuring the students across all talukas are well-prepared to build sustainable careers which are in line with their aspirations and interests, he reiterated.
By providing laptops to the remaining 19 School Managements, Goa has become the first state to extend this facility under the ICT scheme to all schools in the country. He hoped that all school management and teachers would cooperate with the Government to fulfil its vision towards education.
The Founder of Antarang and Anushri Alva, CEO of Adhyayan Foundation Smt Priya Agrawal, while speaking, thanked the Goa government for their vision, commitment & support to ensure all their students have access to high-quality career guidance and exposure to emerging career streams.
Smt Agarwal further also said that they are happy to partner with them in this pioneering initiative. This collaboration signifies our shared commitment to building career aspirations, empowering youth, and creating pathways for success.
Through this partnership, we aim to unlock the full potential of all high school students in Goa, guiding them towards fulfilling careers of their choice and a future filled with promise,” she added.
The Chief Minister also launched Actizens Club Programme in Government aided High Schools through Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation. ACTiZENS’ Club Program has been designed to give each student every opportunity not just to ‘obtain knowledge of the content’ but also to ‘acquire the 21st-century skills and ‘apply’ the same through active participation to demonstrate civic engagement in diverse settings such as school, home, community, nation, and the world at large. The Objectives of the Programme are to improve civic awareness among students, To develop 21st-century skills among students, and encourage civic action and community engagement among students. Desh Apnayen develops the program, organizes teachers’ training and provides support in the implementation of club activities.
The activities under the ACTiZEN club programme wherein the Thematic calendar is designed for schools based on civics and citizenship themes like Democracy, Government, Active citizenship, Rights and duties, Constitution, Civic values like Justice, Equality, Integrity, interdependence etc.
The Programme was implemented in Goa from 2021-22; Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Directorate of Education to offer the ACTiZEN Club program to Class VII and VIII students of all 77 Government High Schools in Goa. On successfully completing the pilot project, Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation submitted the impact study report, and Programme is expanded to Classes VI to IX in all Government schools from 2022-23.
In March 2023, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed to initiate the ACTiZEN club program in Class 6 in all Government aided Schools of Goa depending on the success of Programme in 2023 – 24, the Programme will be extended to Classes VI to IX in 2024-25.
The Chief Minister inaugurated Fact Sheet – the brochure of Careers guidance of Antarang Foundation on occasion.
CEO of Adhyayan Foundation, Smt Anushri Alva, Director of Department Higher Education Prasad Lolyenkar IAS, Director SCERT Shambhu Ghadi Deputy Director Planning DoE Manoj Savoikar, State Programme Co-ordinator, Samagra Shiksha Gajanan Desai and others attended the function.
Director of the Department of Education Shailesh R. Sinai Zingde welcomed the gathering.