More than 50,000 underrepresented Indian school students in grades 9-12 will benefit from a Schools Engagement Program designed to promote social mobility and career advancement, as the University of Melbourne collaborates with community and government partners in Andhra Pradesh to scale up the transformative initiative.
The Schools Engagement Program incorporates modules based on positive psychology and coaching into the students’ curriculum to help them understand themselves and the career paths that are of interest to them and useful to their communities.
increases students’ awareness, aspirations, and agency, with reported increases in self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-management, as well as an improved ability to make informed decisions and plans. To support the program, the University is collaborating with the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Department of School Education, Rotary International Districts in Zone 7, Rotary India Literacy Mission, and Samaghra Shiksha, Andhra Pradesh.
Professor Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global, Culture, and Engagement) at the University of Melbourne, expressed his pride in the University’s ongoing commitment to innovative educational solutions in India. “The Schools Engagement Program is one of the most important partnerships we have piloted in India and the enduring impact it has had on the lives of young people, particularly disadvantaged girls, inspires us to replicate it in as many schools as possible,” said Professor Wesley. “It helps local students, and their parents and guardians, explore what is possible in their future careers as we expand the program from 8000 to a projected 50,000 by the end of 2024.”
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Rotary International Director 2021-23, Trustee Rotary India Literacy Mission, Dr Mahesh Kotbagi:
“Global culture will be developed through school engagement programs in Andhra Pradesh, India.” The most difficult challenge will be converting 59% of women/girls’ literacy ratio to higher levels through this future vision program based on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Gender equality for quality education rights will become the norm.
When parents see their children exploring their mindset and thinking outside the box with the “WOW” factor, their approach will change for the better. One World, One Peace, One Life will become a reality.”