UNESCO Current Affairs - 2020

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UNESCO to train 4,000 Indian teachers in AI-powered Digital Technology

UNESCO and Dell Technologies will launch a new education programme where they will train 4,000 Indian teachers in Artificial Technology. The programme will aid in GoI step of introducing Artificial Intelligence as a subject in school.

Highlights

The programme will be spread across three phases. In the first phase, teachers in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka will be trained. The organizations will use technologies like FramerSpace, frontier technologies and ICT to train the techers. FramerSpace is a digital platform that will help teachers implement and monitor learning plans for students. Teachers who are certified in Dell’s Aarambh programmes are to be given preferences.

In second phase, face-to-face familiarization training will be provided. Later in third phase, teachers will be provided 12 months training.

Significance

The programme will help in achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.7. The Goal aims at providing education to build peaceful and sustainable societies. Under SDG 4, the United Nations aim at providing 100% free education to boys and girls all over the world. It also aims at substantially increasing the number of scholarships available to students by 2020

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13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards

The 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards which are Asia Pacific’s highest accolade in film were awarded in Brisbane, Australia. With films from nearly 70 countries and areas in region, APSA honours filmmaking that best reflects its cultural origins and diversity of Asia Pacific.

Awardees 2019

Best Feature Film: ‘Parasite’, directed by South Korea’s Bong Joon-Ho

Best Performance by an Actress: Max Eigenmann in ‘Verdict’

Best Performance by an Actor: Manoj Bajpayee in ‘Bhonsle’

About Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA)

It is an international cultural initiative/program of Australia’s Brisbane City Council that honours as well as promotes directors, films, actors, and cultures of Asia-Pacific region to a global audience. The award also realises objectives of UNESCO to promote and preserve respective cultures through the influential medium of film. The First edition of award was presented in 2007. Since then it is presented annually by UNESCO, FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) and Brisbane City Council, Australia.

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