Computer Shiksha is a non-profit organization that was founded by corporate leaders in 2012 to bridge digital divide in India. The skills and experience of the founders has led the NGO to provide free but quality computer literacy programs spread over 55 weeks curriculum to underserved children attending the government and municipality schools.
IDRF Partner Since: 2018
Focus Area: Education
Location: Learning centers in 14 states
Project Title: Computer literacy and digital skills for the underprivileged children
In today’s world of rapid developments in technology, there are still hundreds and thousands of marginalized in India that neither have access nor afford computer literacy and skills to better their lives. The government schemes are mostly available online, which people from under-served communities are unable to access. IDRF is funding to continue a unique program in partnership with Computer Shiksha to impart free and quality computer knowledge and skills to the underprivileged children, who can use technology for the betterment of their lives in every possible way.
The computer literacy program began in April 2013, with just 15 laptops-taken in a vehicle to 60 poor school-going children to train them in the beginners level course (31 to 62 weeks), followed by advanced level course (24 weeks).
The success and popularity of this program led to the implementation of Stage-2 in April 2016. The partner schools are provided with refurbished computers to conduct classes using course content (in multiple languages), self-learning videos, teachers’ manuals, hardware and upkeep. The classes are monitored live on internet and students are evaluated periodically for certification. The NGO also delivers computer education to poor students pursuing higher education. Currently 94,300+ students in 14 states of India are availing of these computer classes at 485 schools. Another great benefit of the program is that the IT infrastructure laid can be used by multiple organizations to impart various kinds of learning modules in future.
IDRF partner provides lifetime maintenance support for all hardware and software through trained manpower and a helpline. The success of this program has led to requests for the expansion of this model to other countries like: Ghana, Nigeria and Barbados, etc.
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