Bengaluru, India: At Christel House School in Bangalore on Tuesday, more than 100 schoolchildren from local primary and secondary schools had the unique opportunity to share their data-driven ideas for improving education. Among other things, they called on governments to fund more computer labs in schools, dedicate time in the curriculum to learning about mental health issues and focus on skills development so that students feel prepared to enter the labor market.
The event was hosted by NetApp, a global, cloud-driven, data-driven software company, the India STEM Foundation, and World’s Largest Lesson, an education program by Project Everyone in partnership with UNICEF.
“Education must be transformed to meet the needs of an ever-changing world,” said Alison Bellwood, executive director of World’s Largest Lesson. “Today’s students have a unique perspective, based on their COVID-19 experiences and the world they see around them. Our learning resources this year are designed for students to explore issues around SDG4: quality education, using data. If we listen and learn from students, we can find the solutions to make education effective for everyone.”
At the event, students presented bold ideas based on local education data to an audience of education leaders, parents and business leaders including KA Sadhana, Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technical Museum, National Council of Science Museums, Aurelia Ardito, Education Specialist at UNICEF India and Ravi Chhabria, managing director of NetApp India.
“COVID-19 presented an urgent and unique opportunity to transform the education system through technology, implementing it as a tool for capacity building, inclusiveness and quality learning, without replacing the essential role of educators. Technology has enormous potential to change the way education is delivered in India and can improve access to and quality of learning. STEM and digital skills are becoming increasingly important priorities for UNICEF as critical avenues to foster transformative outcomes, helping young people become skilled in areas critical to the next generation of the workforce,” UNICEF Education Specialist, Aurelia Ardito.
“Our vision is to empower young people to discover and develop critical data science skills, preparing them to thrive in a data-driven world. Our proprietary ‘Data Explorers’ program is designed to reach and engage under-represented youth in under-resourced communities and inspire them to drive positive social change,” said Ravi Chhabria, Managing Director of NetApp India. “Our partnership with World’s Largest Lesson and India STEM Foundation further extends our reach and brings more students into the education conversation and data-driven world.”
The students’ ideas and data insights were generated in school workshops using the Fact-ivist Lesson provided by India STEM Foundation. This lesson was developed by World’s Largest Lesson and NetApp as part of this year’s campaign. Literacy rates, school infrastructure, and access to computer labs are among the issues students explore.
World’s Largest Lesson and NetApp invite all students in India between the ages of 10 and 18 to share their ideas for transforming education so that their voices can be represented in a global survey of students, the Transforming Education Survey. In 2023, the results will be shared in a report in which children contribute.

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