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Telangana Ministers launch second edition of SIC 2021

Hyderabad, Sep 20 (UNI) State Minister for Information Technology K T Rama Rao and Education Minister Sabita Indra Reddy has launched the second edition of Telangana School Innovation Challenge (SIC) 2021 at Pragathi Bhavan here on Monday.
UNICEF-YuWaah in partnership with Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC), Inqui-lab Foundation initiated the Telangana School Innovation Challenge last year, towards nurturing Design Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurial mindsets among young people.
SIC is a one of its kind programs in the country catapulting Telangana state as the pioneer in promoting 21st century skills and design thinking for the teachers and students.
The initiative owes its success to the unique and innovative SIC challenge management technology platform through which 25,000 government school students (Classes 6-10) and 5,200 teachers were onboarded and engaged on UNICEF’s UPSHIFT social innovation curriculum.
Upon completion of their learning journeys, SIC received 7000 youth-led entrepreneurial solutions addressing social problems from across 33 districts of Telangana.
This reinforced the state’s vision of youth leadership by accelerating young people’s capacities to solve real world challenges and emerge as solution providers, instead of solution seekers.
Starting from October 2021, the program will include a host of activities from learning modules to activity-based problem solving, conceptualising innovative solutions for the chosen problem statements.
The top innovation from each district across the state will be selected, which will culminate with a boot camp for the 33 finalists followed by the Grand Finale. This year the program aims to include Social Welfare schools, Tribal schools, Residential schools, and Private budget schools in addition to Government schools and consequently impact a larger set of students.
All the finalists will receive incubation support and the top three winners win cash prizes.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rama Rao said, SIC is one such programmatic way to groom Government school children in making them self-reliant. This edition aims at creating the access to Innovation for 50000 school children across the State”.
Ms Sabita said, this year too we are happy to partner with UNICEF, YuWaah and Inqui-Lab Foundation to conduct the online ideation challenge across 5000+ middle and high schools in 33 districts of Telangana.
The aim is to provide students, especially from non-residential local government and social welfare schools, a unique platform to present their thoughts and ideas for the future progress of their communities.
Telangana Principal Secretary (ITE&C) Jayesh Ranjan, said, “While School Innovation Challenge is a testimony to the decentralised way of creating Culture of Innovation, this year the focus would be to tap on the uncharted areas and be more inclusive of schools both demographically and geographically.”
Telangana State Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Shanta Thoutam, said through this challenge, we sensitise the stakeholders of both Government and Private Budget Schools including Education Officers, Science Officers, and Teachers across the 33 districts who in turn will inculcate Design Thinking and Entrepreneurial mindset among students to solve pressing challenges of their localities.
Speaking at the launch, Mr John B. Trew, Adolescent Education and Skills Specialist, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, said, we are delighted to collaborate with TSIC and Inqui-Lab Foundation once again for this remarkable innovation challenge, designed to encourage students to work collectively in teams, equip themselves with the right knowledge through learning modules and come up with innovative and prudent solutions to issues faced by their respective communities.
Mr Sahithya Anumolu, Co-Founder, Inqui-Lab Foundation said, We grateful for the opportunity to once again partner with the Government of Telangana, UNICEF and YuWaah to provide students in the state of Telangana with a platform to unleash their creative thoughts and ideas for the betterment of their communities.
He aid we hope to repeat the phenomenal success that we received from 2020 and encourage more students and teachers to avail of this unique learning and ideation opportunity.
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