IBM India has announced the launch of its community relations
initiative, IBM KidSmart Early Learning Programme, at
an event held in Bangalore. This launch further strengthens
IBM''s commitment to community in India.
IBM KidSmart is the only programme in India aimed at introducing
technology at the pre-school level. It is designed to
help pre-school-aged children in disadvantaged sections
of the society in the age group of three to seven to get
a head-start on their academic development through the
use of age-appropriate software developed by IBM.
IBM India managing director Abraham Thomas: "IBM''s
community initiatives focus on education and children
and leverage our expertise in technology to address societal
issues. The objective of IBM KidSmart is to reach technology
to the economically weaker and disadvantaged sections
of India to accelerate their progress and also to bridge
the digital divide between various sections of the society.
By targeting pre-school children, we hope to provide long-lasting
solutions to the existing digital divide in India."
hundred and fifty ''Young Explorer Units'' have been donated
across 44 schools in 16 states in India. Plans are afoot
to donate another 250 units by end of the year to reach
close to 10,000 children. These units are specially designed
computer units with colourful furniture, preloaded with
age appropriate software, printers and educational materials.
programme helps children understand basic concepts like
alphabets and numbers, and focuses on developing reading
skills among children at an early stage in their lives.
The KidSmart software focuses on reading and writing skills,
numbers and assists children in concept formation and
will also focus on the professional development of teachers
of the participating schools. Teachers will be trained
on using the Young Explorer units. The programme envisages
a learning network of teachers who will interact and communicate
with each other to exchange, discuss and develop creative
resources and materials to develop reading skills in children.