Kotak Mahindra Bank and IT for Change: Enhancing Digital Pedagogical Skills of School Teachers in Karnataka

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Bengaluru: To create lasting value in communities Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (“KMBL”/ “Kotak”) has associated with IT for Change (ITfC) to implement a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme that aims to enhance digital pedagogical skills of higher primary teachers in government schools in Karnataka for the academic year 2023-24. Kotak’s CSR Project is based on ‘Integrating Digital Story-Based Pedagogy in Language Education’ under the Department of State Education Research and Training (DSERT), Karnataka, will equip teachers with the necessary technology know-how to use unique digital resources in their teaching practices.

Using digital resources through inclusive and innovative pedagogies for language teaching-learning, this programme will help teachers experience and internalize meaningful technology and also set up teachers’ Communities of Practice (CoPs) to promote mentoring and peer learning opportunities for them to share experiences and ideas. Addressing the multi-language education need of the State, it will also create 100 story-based resources in Kannada, English, Urdu, and Marathi which will be accessible as Open Education Resources (OERs) within a dedicated repository.

On this occasion, Sumangala, the Director, DSERT, Karnataka said, “The State welcomes the support of individuals, NGOs, corporate bodies and trusts in the implementation of quality education across the State. We are happy that Kotak Mahindra Bank is supporting IT for Change to implement this state-wide teacher professional development programme to build teachers’ capacities to create and curate stories with multilingual, inclusive and innovative approaches to meaningfully integrate these resources as part of their classroom practice. The programme aims to build foundational language skills in students in primary schools in the languages that are taught in the schools.”

Himanshu Nivsarkar, Senior EVP & Head – CSR, Kotak Mahindra Bank, said, “The COVID pandemic had adversely impacted foundational language and mathematical skills of students which has resulted in their abilities to understand concepts and phenomena in other subjects as well. We have CSR-funded IT for Change to impart teacher training using digital stories as a pedagogical tool to bridge this gap in students’ competencies and support their future in receiving quality education.”

Gurumurthy Kasinathan, Director IT For Change, said, “Over the past two decades, IT for Change has been enabling meaningful integration of digital technologies in education. As part of the current programme, our professional development workshops and teacher training will empower teachers to integrate digital technologies in their practice, develop OERs for shared learning and encourage community participation”.

Kotak Karma is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) identity of the Kotak Mahindra Group of companies.