CMYCs pave the way for effective learning in rural Meghalaya

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SHILLONG, November 2: In today’s digital age, what is the rural education scene really like in Meghalaya? Although it can be said that the conventional aspects of good reading and writing skills, knowledge of arts and sciences as well as sports training are predominant in our rural areas, there are still gaps to be filled with regard to the support for young people.
Some elements of learning, such as problem solving, practical training and skill development, are subjects that the traditional education system cannot implement, although they are in great demand these days.
In line with this aspect of learning, a total of 20 Chief Minister’s Youth Centers (CMYCs) have been established in the state.
Equipped with tools and programs complementary to traditional schooling, these centers constitute alternative spaces for self-learning and co-learning for young rural people.
The CMYCs were jointly designed and implemented by the DEFY Project and the Sauramandala Foundation with the goal of making effective education more accessible to the rural population of the state.
Learners of all age groups come here to explore various career interests like baking, carpentry, coding, electronics, sports, arts, music, etc., and set their own goals accordingly. of learning.
In general, young people in rural areas find it difficult to acquire technological and professional skills due to lack of training and limited access to resources. But the establishment of these CMYCs has brought significant development to young rural people, both professionally and academically.
“I have never seen a computer in my entire life before visiting the Innovation Hub. I have to climb 1,500 steps from my village of Diengsong to reach the centre, but what I get from coming here is worth more,” says Damelarisha, 13, who regularly visits the Sohrarim centre.
To support organic learning, CMYCs across the state are equipped with Internet-enabled tools, resources, and computers.
These centers help learners of all age groups explore different career interests by setting their own learning goals and carrying out exciting projects.
In these centres, the role of trainers is to facilitate learning and offer in-depth support and advice to students working in groups or independently on projects that interest them.
Additionally, each center houses a library filled with a variety of books in English and Khasi languages. The centers also make sure to include various educational games to foster critical thinking and decision-making.
Launched as part of Meghalaya Government’s Smart Village Movement initiative as Salesforce Trailblazer Lab in Sohrarim and Nongwah, Alternative Learning Spaces are now operated in 20 locations as CMYCs in several districts of Meghalaya.
The CMYC project helps implement digital learning solutions and promotes skills development and vocational training as an essential component of education. As potential hubs of endless innovations and entrepreneurial initiatives for the youth of these rural communities, these centers are expected to be a great addition to the government’s efforts to achieve Meghalaya’s youth policy goals.

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