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UNESCO’s global hub for digital pedagogies gets ₹66 cr from AP govt

M Somasekhar Hyderabad | Updated on July 19, 2019 Published on July 19, 2019

The IGHDP will also house a 4D school that will address dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, the four types of learning difficulties

Bheemli, the scenically beautiful beach location on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, will house a unique Intelligent Global Hub for Digital Pedagogies (IGHDP).

The AP government has allocated ₹66 crore for the facility, which will strive to promote the science of learning.

4D school

The IGHDP will also house a 4D school that will address dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, the four types of learning difficulties.

Design university

It will also have a design university for digital product design, an incubator for gaming, and a research centre on the science of learning with a global certification bureau for digital pedagogies. The IGHDP is a collaborative venture between the State government and UNESCO with the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peaceful and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) as the knowledge partner.

The idea to set this up was seeded during the UNESCO MGIEP’s inaugural TECH (Transforming Education for Humanity Conference) conference held in Visakhapatnam in 2017.

The State government had allocated 50 acres of land in 2018.

The project was also expected to bring in investment worth $700 million. Commenting on the hub, Anantha Duraiappah, Director of UNESCO-MGIEP said: “The vision of the hub stemmed from implementing transformative pedagogies for building 21st century skills through education. This initial allocation of funds sets us on course to deliver the first one-of-its-kind world-class EdTech ecosystem.”

The IGHDP programme aims to churn out 50,000 skilled future-ready workers, nurture global research, and promote industries and investment in the region.

It will also create a line of ed-tech entrepreneurs, and in turn, spur job creation, UNESCO-MGIEP, based in Delhi, said in a statement.

UNESCO-MGIEP is a Category-1 research institute of UNESCO with focus on sustainable development goals in education.

 

 

 

Published on July 19, 2019
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