AP Govt, UNESCO to set up gaming hub, special school

Ch R S Sarma Visakhapatnam | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on December 19, 2017

The Andhra Pradesh Government in association with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is planning to establish a centre of excellence for children with learning differences as well as a "gaming for e-learning hub".

It will be the first of the its kind in India and in Asia-Pacific region, according to Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Director of UNESCO MGIEP.

He was speaking here on Monday at the end of a three-day TECH-2017 on education jointly organised by the Andhra Pradesh Government and the UNESCO.

Duraiappah said, “We have developed a Telugu app that was tested at the conference. We will be working with a number of schools in the State to screen students at a very early age to see if they are dyslexic or have any other form of learning difficulty.” The app will be rolled out in the New Year.

He said, “We will be starting with 200 government schools and we need to train teachers first. The centre will have a team of child psychologists."

Gaming hub

Talking about the gaming hub coming up in Andhra Pradesh, Duraiahpah said: “We are working on developing a blueprint for this hub which will be a centre of excellence as well. We will have to decide on the infrastructural and logistical needs, the knowledge partner and institutional partner, and the governance of the hub. We will have a close connection with the universities and institutes like the IITs and the IIMs. The hub will advise the universities what the future courses that they have to be designing. The old style of just computer science and design doesn’t work. You have to bring them together. Recruiters often lament how they are unable to find candidates with multiple skills. This centre will address that issue. Skill development will be one of the areas of focus. Many of the foreign firms are very excited about the centre."

He said: "We brought together experts from some of the biggest companies from across the world in the conference. Every day we held discussions on what this would look like. We are focussing on creating an ecosystem which is very different unlike the Montreal gaming hub. We want this to be the global centre of excellence for gaming and digital learning."

Published on December 19, 2017
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