NetApp Empowers Students From Less-resourced Communities With Data Science Skills

Yesterday, at Christel House School in Bangalore, more than one hundred school children from local elementary and secondary schools were given the unique opportunity to share their data-driven ideas for improving education. They included calling on governments to fund more computer labs in schools, dedicated curriculum time to learning about mental health issues and focusing on skills development so that students feel prepared to enter the job market.

The event was hosted by NetApp, a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, the India STEM Foundation, and World’s Largest Lesson, an education program run by Project Everyone working 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 school students have a unique perspective, informed by their COVID-19 experiences and the world they see around them. Our teacher 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 all.”

NetApp Empowers Students From Less-resourced Communities With Data Science Skills

During the event, students presented bold ideas informed by local education data to an audience of education leaders, parents, and corporate leaders including Smt. K A 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 urgency as well as a once in a generation opportunity to transform the education system through technology, by implementing it as tool for capacity building, inclusiveness and quality learning, without replacing the essential role of educators. Technology has huge potential for changing how education is delivered in India and can increase access to and quality of learning. STEM and digital skills are becoming increasingly important priorities for UNICEF as critical pathways to advance transformative results, helping young people become skilled in areas critical for the next generation labour force”, UNICEF Education Specialist, Aurelia Ardito.

NetApp Empowers Students From Less-resourced Communities With Data Science Skills

"Our vision is to empower youngsters to discover and develop critical data science skills, preparing them to thrive in a data-driven world. Our own program ‘Data Explorers’ is designed to reach and engage under-represented youth in less-resourced communities and inspire them to bring about positive change at a social level,” said Ravi Chhabria, Managing Director of NetApp India. “Our partnership with World’s Largest Lesson and India STEM Foundation further broadens our reach bringing 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 delivered 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 are exploring.

World’s Largest Lesson and NetApp are inviting all students in India aged 10-18 to share their ideas for transforming education so that their voices can be represented in a global survey of students called the Transforming Education Survey. In 2023 the results will be shared in a report co-authored by children.

About World’s Largest Lesson

World’s Largest Lesson is committed to introducing children to the Sustainable Development Goals at school and giving students a voice to drive change. World’s Largest Lesson is delivered in partnership with UNICEF, with the support of UNESCO, along with many other NGOs, private sector organizations and foundations. Learn more at

About NetApp and Data Explorers

NetApp is a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from the data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on-premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services, and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere.

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NetApp Data Explorers is a student learning journey filled with exploration, investigation, and problem solving with social issue data. Learn more about Data Explorers.

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About the Partnership

This year the World’s Largest Lesson is joining forces with NetApp to empower children to act for education (SDG 4) using the power of data.

About the Transforming Education Survey

World’s Largest Lesson worked with Play Verto, experts in designing playful interactive data experiences, in the creation of the Transforming Education Survey. The survey is available to play both online and offline and is for children aged 10 and above. A report on the findings, co-authored by children, will be published in March 2023.

About the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and signed by all 193 member states. They are intended to be achieved by 2030.

About Global Goal 4: Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4 is about quality education and is among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in September 2015. The full title of SDG 4 is "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all".

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