500 Government Schools Gain Access to ThinkQuest Online Learning Platform
Vishakapatnam, India – January 28, 2009
Today, the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) and the Institute for Electronic Governance (IEG), a non-profit organisation under the Government of Andhra Pradesh, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to roll out OEF’s ThinkQuest platform to 500 schools, reaching 25,000 students and teachers over the next two years.
ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop critical 21st century skills, including creativity, communication, teamwork, and technology skills.
In the first phase of the rollout, IEG and OEF will train 120 teachers from 60 schools on the ThinkQuest platform and instruct them how to best integrate 21st century skills instruction and project learning into their curricula.
ThinkQuest supports the National Curriculum Framework (NCF 2005) of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in its objective to adopt project learning in classrooms across the country.
First launched in India in 2004, ThinkQuest currently supports over 146,000 students and teachers in 1,100 schools across the country, including Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, DPS, DAV and other schools.
“We at IEG have been at the forefront of providing computer education to students in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This partnership with the Oracle Education Foundation will help us provide an effective learning environment for students at state high schools,” said Mr. Amarnath Reddy, CEO, IEG. “ThinkQuest will enable these students to collaborate on projects with their peers in other countries.”
“The Oracle Education Foundation’s partnership with IEG is a testament of our commitment to building a knowledge economy in India. By providing students with access to ThinkQuest, we empower them to broaden their horizons and develop critical skills they need for life and work in the 21st century,” said Mr. Krishna Sistla, Director, Oracle Education Initiatives, Asia Pacific.
Oracle Education Foundation
Institute for Electronic Governance (IEG)
About the Institute for Electronic Governance
The Institute for Electronic Governance (IEG) is a non-profit organization created by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to promote the development of human capital by encouraging collaboration between government, industry and academia. The main objective is to offer quality human resource and services to IT and ITES sectors.
In recognition of the potential role to be played in e-Governance, human resources development and the promotion of the IT industry, the Andhra Pradesh Government, in its 5 year ICT policy (2005-2010), assigned a prominent role to IEG and its various programs.
About the Oracle Education Foundation
The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, a widely acclaimed education technology program, to K-12 schools globally. ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop critical 21st century skills. For more information, visit http://www.oraclefoundation.org.
About Oracle India
Oracle entered India in 1987 and set up an India Development Centre in 1994. Today, Oracle has two India Development Centres as well as Indian hubs for Oracle’s global support, consulting and financial services operations. Through its extensive network of more than 400 channel and alliance partners under the Oracle PartnerNetwork, Oracle India markets the complete range of Oracle products and services across India. Oracle India has more than 7000 customers in the telecommunications, banking, insurance, manufacturing and utilities industries, across the government and private sector. Oracle India is a major partner for E-Governance initiatives of Central and State Government bodies in India. The Oracle-HP E-Governance Centre of Excellence, Oracle Asia R & D Centre and Partner Solution Center are located at Oracle India’s head office in Gurgaon, near New Delhi. Oracle’s Retail Centre of Excellence is located in Bangalore.
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