Wednesday, February 28, 2024

    Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Exhibition by SPPU Draws Enthusiastic Response in Pune


    An exhibition on ‘Foundational Literacy and Numeracy’ organized by Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has become a major hit in Pune, attracting school students, teachers, entrepreneurs, government officials, G20 delegates, and people of all ages. The exhibition, inaugurated on June 17 as a prelude to the 4th G20 Education Working Group meeting, features stalls set up by government bodies, educational institutes, start-ups, NGOs, states, and union territories.

    The focus of the exhibition is on digital technology, learning modules, unique teaching methods, and other measures aimed at ensuring foundational literacy and numeracy for all. These technologies and methods align with the objectives of the National Education Policy 2020 and are designed to promote child-friendly learning practices and social-emotional learning.

    Stalls by organizations such as the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), SAMARTH, UNICEF, and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (a UNESCO Research Institute) provide valuable insights into their work and initiatives in the field of education. Conversational Artificial Intelligence and Paperless examinations were among the innovative technologies showcased by private enterprises like Convegenius and Little More Innovation Labs, respectively. Changeink Foundation even offered an interactive Virtual Reality experience, enabling visitors to understand how dyslexic individuals perceive the world.

    The exhibition also highlights the efforts of states and union territories in furthering the Nipun Bharat initiative and engaging students in Janbhagidari events and initiatives for promoting education. Visitors were enthralled by the stall from Mizoram, which exhibited traditional Mizo tools, dresses, and books, while the stall from Puducherry showcased play figures made from waste materials such as rubber tires, slippers, coconut shells, and bamboo.

    Attendees appreciated the exhibition’s emphasis on Indian knowledge systems, recognizing their importance in education. The Indian Knowledge Systems Centre showcased surgical equipment based on the ancient Sushruta Samahita manuscripts, a scaled-down model of the Brihadishwara temple of Thanjavur, and ancient weapons.

    The exhibition on foundational literacy and numeracy at SPPU provides a platform for diverse stakeholders to share their expertise, ideas, and initiatives, ultimately contributing to the holistic development of education in India.

    Neha Raj
    Neha uses his broad range of knowledge to help explain the latest gadgets and if they’re a must-buy or a fad fueled by hype. Though her specialty is writing about everything going on in the world of virtual reality and augmented reality.



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