How learning to code in local languages will change the education ecosystem in India
By Mridul Ranjan Sahu
With regard to education in vernacular languages, UNESCO has emphasized the relevance of vernacular schools in various ways. Students, especially children, psychologically value their mother tongue. It helps in the development of perspective since language and cognition are intimately linked and it is impossible to think without knowing how to communicate. The socio-cultural importance of the vernacular cannot be overstated. Because it is easier for a child to understand a lesson in their native language, using it as a teaching aid improves their cognitive abilities. As a result, learning progresses faster.
Moreover, taking the example of China, their initiative to prioritize their mother tongue for education shows the strength of a nation for its development. In a vast country like China or our subcontinent, India, education in the native or local language is beneficial in reaching the masses and also shows inclusiveness and diversity.
Let’s understand the importance of vernacular languages in education
Since English is the primary language of instruction for almost all online learning platforms, many students in Tier II and III cities are being left out of this educational revolution. Because language and learning are intimately linked, each of us deserves access to all relevant information in the language of our choice. Most Indians can speak and understand English, but when it comes to learning, regional languages offer exceptional conceptual clarity. In order to provide high-quality technology education to children, students and professionals who choose native languages as a medium of learning, ed-tech platforms that cater to this demographic must include additional learning content. regional languages.
Importance of coding and specifically in vernacular languages
Coding is undoubtedly one of the most important skills for current and future generations to learn. Coding helps young students develop problem-solving skills, such as the ability to solve a problem rationally and creatively.
Coding is similar to telling a story in that it always has a definite beginning, a gradual middle, and a definite end. It is its own language, in which each letter of the alphabet has a unique formula. This thought process has also been shown to help children with other elements of their upbringing, such as creativity and cognitive skills. Children will develop their skills and learn from their mistakes by experimenting. Coding is the new math and English because coding will expand our knowledge and help us understand various techniques through which we can find solutions. Nowadays, coding is very important and in order to be able to reach the masses with this concept and knowledge, it is essential to provide it in vernacular languages. Reading, writing and communicating in English is a privilege, and to reach more people in India, it is important to include vernaculars. Reaching these masses would mean a higher literacy rate and create impact through accessible education.
Today, people have completely embraced online learning, which allows them to keep pace with the technologically dominant society. They turn to online platforms that offer a wide selection of in-depth training on hot topics and emerging technologies such as Python, web development, and artificial intelligence, which are otherwise unavailable. Now these can also be found in local and vernacular languages to make them accessible to different groups of people.
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.
The author is co-founder, CuriousJr. The opinions expressed are personal.
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