Facebook partners with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that manage education in both private and public schools across India. Facebook intends to introduce a certified curriculum regarding online well-being, augmented reality, and digital security for educators and students in the country. Facebook has identified this new area of opportunity to extend its tentacles further into the world’s second-largest internet market.
Facebook mentioned that it intends to render training in various phases. During the first phase, it aims at training more than 10,000 teachers; in the second phase, it aims at training 30,000 students. The three-week-long training on augmented reality will comprise the fundamentals of digital technology and how to make use of Facebook’s Spark AR Studio to generate experiences around augmented reality.
With the help of these subjects, CBSE and Facebook aim at preparing secondary school students for their present and future jobs. These subjects will also focus on helping students to learn skills which will help them in browsing the internet safely, undertake well-informed decisions, and take care of their mental health.
Ramesh Pokhriyal, the Minister of Human Resources Development in India urged students and teachers to apply for the programmes starting from 6 July 2020.
Manoj Ahuja, the President of CBSE mentioned in a statement that CBSE is the only board to have launched modules related to digital safety, online well-being, augmented reality and the Instagram Toolkit for teens. By including technology and digital security within the school curriculum, students will not only be able to develop skills to succeed in the digital economy, but also will learn to collaborate within a safe online environment.
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