On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Vodafone Idea Foundation hosted an enriching event – “Vodafone Idea Teacher’s Day Conclave 2021” – to felicitate the beneficiaries of its Teachers Scholarship programme. The conclave had eminent speakers from the Government, Educational Institutes and the Foundation to celebrate and honor the teachers for their hard work and contribution to the society in nation building.
Present at the event were: Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, Director – SCERT and Basic Education – Uttar Pradesh; O L Mandloi, Additional Director – RSK, Madhya Pradesh; Dr. Devang Vipin Khakhar, Former Director – Indian Institute of Technology – Mumbai, P Balaji, Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, VIL and Director, Vodafone Foundation amongst others. The dignitaries shared their views on the significance of this day and the importance of a teacher’s role in shaping the youth of our country to be a good citizen.
At the event, P Balaji, Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, VIL and Director, Vodafone Foundation said, “Teachers Day marks an occasion to celebrate knowledge and to honor our teachers for their contribution as a catalyst in building our nation. We at Vodafone Idea Foundation believe that learning is a vital part of every person’s journey to their goals. Through our various initiatives such as Jigyasa, Gurushala and Teachers & Students
Scholarship Programme, we emphasize on the learning processes to promote social good and positively impact people’s lives so they can secure a better and brighter future for themselves and the nation.”
Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, Director SCERT and Basic Education, U.P said “Students often learn better from teachers, who they admire and respect. If you are a good teacher, and your students love you, invariably, they will also well learn from you. We need to build a conducive ecosystem for them, so that they can be successful. It’s our duty to equip them with the right solutions.”
Dr Devang Vipin Khakhar, Former Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai said “With time, more and more technology will come into our teaching practices, which will help teachers reach out to more students. These technologies will also provide a way for students to do self-learning, which will invariably create a deeper understanding of the subject.”
Vodafone Idea Foundation felicitated some of the winners of the Vodafone Idea Teachers Scholarship Programme 2021 wherein the Foundation distributed scholarships of Rs. 1 Lakh each to 110 teachers across 22 states in India. The teachers also shared their experience and an emotional message on winning this scholarship and how it will help them upskill in today’s digital learning environment.
On this special occasion, Vodafone Idea Foundation unveiled a book “Teachers’ Diary”- a symbol of gratitude towards all teachers who we have worked with and who are now working towards building a brighter future for the nation by empowering students. “Teachers’ Diary” is a journal that captures real impact stories on the power of technology in enabling teachers to reach students at large.
Vodafone Idea Foundation’s flagship programme ‘Jigyasa’ aims to build capacity of teachers, introduce digital content, training tools and innovative pedagogy to make learning and teaching more enjoyable, and augment existing infrastructure as needed. Additionally, Gurushala, a knowledge sharing & exchange platform, digitally enabled thousands of teachers and students to upload and access material for students learning & development anywhere and anytime. Vodafone Idea Teachers Scholarship programme provides aid to teachers for e-learning infrastructure such as laptops, online courses etc.