Next Education, a fast-growing, SaaS-based technology-driven company revolutionising the education system in India, has announced its collaboration with Acacia University, United States of America (USA), to introduce the ‘Million Coders’ Scholarship programme. According to an official statement, this partnership aims to empower one million young individuals worldwide with Python programming skills, positioning them for success in flourishing fields such as digital transformation, artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, blockchain and web 3.0.
The ‘Million Coders’ initiative aims to equip young people in 25 countries with essential Artificial Intelligence (AI) skills, preparing them for a future in the ever-evolving technology industry. With the demand for AI professionals projected to surge and an estimated 97 million jobs expected to be created by 2030, the programme aims to dismantle employment barriers and provide young individuals with opportunities to thrive in the workforce.
Speaking about the development, Chief Executive Officer of Next Education, Beas Dev Ralhan, said:
The ‘Million Coders’ Scholarship programme focuses on empowering one million young individuals worldwide with vital Python programming skills. Python’s clear benefits and its position as one of the leading programming languages globally have made it crucial for the job market. Through this strategic partnership, we aim to remove employment barriers and equip young people with the necessary skills to succeed in the ever-evolving tech industry. Together, we are shaping a generation that will thrive in the digital age.
The companies claim the ‘Million Coders’ programme provides participants with free Python classes, flexible learning through recorded sessions, immersive project-based learning experiences, and opportunities to turn ideas into tangible technological projects. It also includes an annual online competition with a chance to win a $20,000 prize for exceptional projects. Participants receive a Blockchain Certificate from Acacia University, enhancing their academic portfolio and making them valuable assets for the future industry.
Acacia University aims to provide accessible, quality education to a multi-cultural, global learning community through online/distance learning. As technology advances and students look for greater flexibility and accessibility with Education, the University also aims to utilize the capabilities of digital pedagogies to create new experiences and services. The platform offers master’s programs in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership. It also features non-degree studies to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.
Maurey Bond, Vice President-Growth, Acacia University, added:
This programme acknowledges the pivotal role of technology in the global economy and strives to empower young people with the in-demand skills employers seek worldwide. Together we aim to extend the programme to schools and educational institutions. By providing access to these valuable skills, the initiative aims to eliminate barriers to employment and create abundant opportunities for young individuals to excel in the workforce.
Founded in 2007, Next Education has created intensively-researched, technology-enabled content that focuses on 21st-century skills and caters to diverse learning needs, abilities and styles so that every student is included. The platform’s innovative products and solutions transform the lives of 10% of India’s private-school-going children. Over 12,000,000 students from various socio-cultural backgrounds study in 18,000 partner schools nationwide. The company eases collaboration between teachers and students through its Learning Management System (LMS), where students can submit their homework online, see their textbooks come alive in a digital classroom, and have one-on-one tutoring sessions with experts.