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Intel on Wednesday donated 300 PCs to Chhattisgarh to enable government-run schools reap full benefits of effective technology integration in teaching and learning and through its computers and teacher training program.
This includes 250 computers and 50 Classmate PCs, which would help in extending the company's World Ahead Programme to deeper beneficiaries in the education system, such as Ashramshalas and schools for girls.
The company further stated that over 50 schools in Chhattisgarh would benefit, with each school receiving minimum of five PCs for usage in classrooms.
The initiative also aims at strengthening the Intel Teach Program that helps classroom teachers effectively integrate technology to enhance student learning.
Over 2,000 teachers have so far been trained under the programme in Chhattisgarh, who in turn have reached 3.6 lakh students, enabling them to take up socially relevant issues as part of their curriculum.
"With quality education and access to technology, school children are able to creatively apply their learning to improve the environment they live in," Intel South Asia Corporate Affairs Director and India Business Operations Manager Rahul Bedi said.
The PCs will be used to further improve education and increase access to the state's vast resources of information, besides they will be wireless-enabled and supported with Internet connectivity and basic software applications and digital educational resources.
Intel is also working with the Chhattisgarh Government towards equipping uninitiated teachers into using technology by conducing regular refresher courses, enhancement workshops, technology workshops and principal seminars to sustain and promote ICT integration in government schools.
The company plans to train 7,000 teachers in the next two years, and adopt various schools for technology aided learning implementation.
Keeping alive this initiative in India, Intel plans to donate 10,000 PCs to state governments and teacher training institutions, as well as train one million teachers on the application of technology to improve classroom learning by 2008.