Andhra Pradesh student delegation engages with IMF, World Bank, inspires future leaders

The World Bank applauded Chief Minister Jagan's initiatives in the education sector, such as Amma Vodi, Nadu-Nedu, and the introduction of English and bilingual textbooks.


VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh student delegation, currently on a visit to the United States of America (USA), seized a unique opportunity to connect with global leaders during their interaction with the teams of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

On their second last day in the USA, the delegation, led by the Andhra Pradesh Government's Education Department, had the privilege of visiting the IMF headquarters in Washington DC. During this enlightening visit, the students had the chance to engage with distinguished leaders, including IMF Deputy Managing Director Gita Gopinath and IMF Executive Director for India K Subramanian, who formerly served as the Chief Economic Advisor.

Subramanian inspired the young minds by emphasising the importance of self-belief, hard work, and contributing to the nation. Gopinath meanwhile encouraged the students to follow their dreams passionately and remain dedicated to their chosen pursuits.

The trip was meticulously organised by the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government, with the goal of providing students with a global platform to expand their horizons and learn from accomplished individuals in international financial institutions.

During their meeting with Subramanian, the students received invaluable guidance on achieving success in life. His personal journey from humble beginnings to a prominent figure at the IMF served as a testament to the power of determination and perseverance.

The interaction with Gopinath left a profound impact on the students. Her remarkable journey, stemming from a modest background to becoming the IMF's Deputy Managing Director, resonated deeply with the young minds. Her words instilled a belief in the students that, with unwavering determination and hard work, they too could reach great heights.

The Chief Minister's Office of Andhra Pradesh expressed sincere gratitude to K Subramanian and Gita Gopinath for their invaluable contributions in shaping the aspirations of the state's young leaders.

In a noteworthy endorsement of Andhra Pradesh's model of investing in human capital, Subramanian remarked, "Andhra Pradesh's effort to invest in human capital is noteworthy. It's actually money invested very well. And in fact, YSRCP Govt's model that prioritizes education is something that other states must emulate."

Gita Gopinath, in a tweet, expressed her delight at welcoming the students of Andhra Pradesh to the IMF and commended their visit as part of their UN and U.S. tour.

Chief Minister YS Jagan also took to X to thank Gita Gopinath for receiving the students warmly. He highlighted the transformative power of education in transforming individual lives and entire communities.

Andhra Pradesh delegation at World Bank

Continuing their journey, the Government School delegation, comprising 10 students, 2 teachers, and 2 senior officials, visited the World Bank in Washington DC. The delegation was invited for an informal lunch and an extensive session on education and health, where they interacted with leading World Bank officials, including Rifat Hasan, Lead Health Specialist, Tracy Wilichowski, World Bank Analyst, and Laura Gregory, Senior Education Specialist.

The World Bank applauded Chief Minister Jagan's initiatives in the education sector, such as Amma Vodi, Nadu-Nedu, and the introduction of English and bilingual textbooks. They expressed a keen interest in further involvement in the YSRCP Government's mission to invest in human capital.

The World Bank officials sought input from students on how future engagements could be more effective. The students proposed:

1. Sensitising the parent community to prioritize and encourage education.

2. Establishing a common online platform for global student exchanges on topics like climate change and sustainable development.

3. Launching numerous exchange programs with top foreign universities.

4. Introducing activity clubs in government schools, focusing on environment and culture.

5. Implementing a model United Nations concept and organizing state-level competitions.

The visit to the IMF and the World Bank was a transformative experience for the Andhra Pradesh student delegation, inspiring them to become future leaders and change-makers in their communities.

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