Jamshedpur, June 29: CuriousJr, an ed-tech start-up and online coding platform for children, is on a mission to create, develop and provide accessible and free coding education to children on mobile phones, and it is exploring the possibility to explore other vernaculars for its courses to meet the needs of different demographic groups in India.
8th grade student Rajesh Kumar of Netaji Subhash Public School, Jamshedpur has been awarded a blue tick from CuriousJr app after posting 23 apps and games. He used the app a lot on his mobile and learned coding from it. He is also a writer and YouTuber. This clearly shows that within two years of its launch, the app is on track to achieve its goal of reaching all children, regardless of location, region or native language.
Curriculum or course content is expanded to target students in grades 6-12, with age-specific content also considered. The courses will include vernacular languages and will be launched in the coming months. Other languages explored include Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, and Gujarati, in addition to Hindi and English, which are currently available on the platform.
According to Mridul Ranjan Sahu, co-founder of CuriousJr, coding is undoubtedly one of the most important skills for current and future generations to learn. Considering the benefits of coding, its accessibility for everyone regardless of location, region and native language can be achieved by enabling and delivering content in vernacular languages. Learning in their native language allows young students to think and use their coding skills more effectively to become excellent coders of tomorrow. Learners will be able to recognize and educate themselves with sought-after abilities through the vernacular touch. This can not only help shape the dynamics of knowledge but also uplift India through accessible education.
Since almost 88% of students still do not have access to a laptop. On the other hand, nearly 45% of students have access to a smartphone. This figure is expected to reach 60% in one year and 70% in two years, helping all students learn to code using only smartphones.