about the tap program
Living in the 21st century requires a well-rounded education that prepares students with the skills they need to succeed in life. The Apprentice Project (TAP) is working towards building these 21st-century skills among under-served children studying in government or low-income private schools.
TAP is a program under MentorMe Foundation (a Section 8 registered company).
6 of the top 10 in-demand careers require these 21st century skills.
21st-century skills and mindsets (critical thinking, self-awareness, complex problem solving, self-confidence, financial literacy) are essential for children to succeed and thrive in the current world.
However, over 60 million low-income middle and high school children in India do not have access to quality services for developing them. The lack of 21st-century skills and mindsets heavily restricts the capacity of children from low-income communities to have healthy personal identities, manage emotions, make independent choices, and achieve individual and collective goals.
Source: CASEL, UNICEF Life Skills Report 2019, and the National Education Policy 2020, Skills Builder Framework
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Aspiring Minds’ National Employability Report indicates that ~47% of Indian graduates are unemployable due to a lack of 21st-century skills.
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According to Streak, a teenage-focused neobank, only 16.7% of Indian teenagers are financially literate.
We have built an AI and NLP-powered WhatsApp chatbot called TAP Buddy that uses co-curricular electives and self-learning as a medium to develop 21st-century skills for marginalised middle and high school students in India. Our chatbot provides video-based electives and prompts students to perform projects independently via personalised (ML-learned) and (AI) bot-based nudges and content.
The design of self-learning project videos develops skills like creativity, confidence, self-awareness, communication and problem-solving. They also provide students with world exposure to break their mental barriers and build a growth mindset.
Electives and Skills
Coding, Electronics, Science, Visual Arts, Performance Arts, Digital and Financial Literacy.
21st Century Skills
Creativity, Confidence, Communication, Problem-Solving, Self-Awareness
Aligned with School Calendar
Hackathon and Exhibitions