Children  India Project #22201

Digital literacy to empower urban slum children

by Humana People to People India Vetted since 2010 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified
Digital literacy to empower urban slum children
Digital literacy to empower urban slum children
Digital literacy to empower urban slum children
Digital literacy to empower urban slum children
Digital literacy to empower urban slum children
Digital literacy to empower urban slum children
Digital literacy to empower urban slum children
Digital literacy to empower urban slum children

Dear Donor, 

Warm Greetings from Humana People to People India!

HPPI’s Academies for working children (AWC) remain focussed on providing basic education, support and training to out of school children for developing their personal and social skills needed to overcome daily challenges. 

We are delighted to share the story of Bhomika in her own voice 

My name is Bhomika, I live with my parents and one brother in Malviya Nagar in Jaipur. I had previously never attended school. One day, a teacher from HPPI was conducting a survey in the area and informed my parents about the AWC program run by HPPI in the area. They were told that along with regular studies, the program would also teach life skills like computer training, sewing, and mehendi. My mother got me and my brother enrolled at the Academy. I am currently studying at the Lower Kindergarten level. We love studying here as we learn new things everyday. The program focuses on practical knowledge over theoretical classroom studying so we learn new concepts, which help us better understand the world around us. I and my brother wish to continue studying here at the center until Grade 8.

Every Saturday, Theme Weeks are organized where we get to learn new things through activities, quizzes and games, which make learning fun and interesting. In the summer vacations, we participate in different activities like sports, dance, art and craft activities. We learn many new things on computer. The teachers are very friendly and create an interactive environment to grow and learn. They teach us different topics with much patience and help out if any of us have difficulties in understanding. 

I wish to thank all my teachers for providing me with a good base to learn and understand new concepts and further pursue my education with ease.  

Thank you for your support in brightening the lives of many other children like Bhomika. We look forward to your continued support. 

Regards,

Humana People to People India

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Prerna
Prerna

We would like to share with you, the story of Prerna, in her own words. My name is Prerna and I live with my parents and four siblings. My father works as a cleaner and his monthly income is hardly enough to support the family. To help my father and contribute to the family income, my mother works in a thread making factory.

My brother and I used to attend the local public school in Jagatpura but the teachers there used to beat and punish the students regularly for trivial reasons. That is why our parents made us both drop out of school. When my father was looking for a new school to enroll us, he heard about the program run by HPPI from his sister whose children study there. My cousins told me about the AWC program where the focus is not only on theoretical studies but gaining practical knowledge and skill development in dance, sports, computers, etc. After hearing about the program, my father got us enrolled at the AWC in Jagatpura.

When I first joined, I did not know and understand much of what was being taught. However, after time, both my knowledge and confidence grew.With the help and support from the teachers at the center, not only did I learn new topics and concepts but also learnt new skills like using a computer. I as well learned to dance and even participated in the cultural program organized. All the teachers are very friendly and patiently help you solve difficulties and understand challenging topics with ease. Whenever I miss school for a couple of days, the teachers visit my home and encourage me to come back to the center. This door-to-door follow up on the students to motivate them to attend classes regularly is done by teachers from no other school.

Studying at the center, I have realized the goals for my future. When I grow, up I too wish to be a teacher and help other children learn. When I told my teachers about my goal, they were happy and supportive, which made me confident about achieving it one day in the future.

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Ankit
Ankit

We share with you the story of Ankit, a student at AWC, to share a story with you of one of children that benfits from this project. 

“Life is not a bed of roses” says Ankit. Poverty and hopeless circumstances, the odds against him were quite high. However, his determination helped him to reach must extend beyond his obstacles. He grabbed all the opportunities that came his way. He is exerting every sinew, every nerve to achieve his dream without cursing his destiny. He feels that his journey is as sweet as the destination would be.

Ankit is an intelligent and hard working 13 years-old boy. His father Ashok, works as a daily wager. His arduous labour could only fetch a low wage and the family of four members struggles to make the ends meet.

Ankit was studying at 3rd grade in Academy for Working Children (AWC), located in Jagatpura area of Jaipur; but his mother’s death has brought out the worst in his family. Unfortunately, he had to discontinue his studies as his father failed to come out of the trauma and his condition worsens with each passing day. Moreover, Ankit was also unable to cop up with the situation. The situation curled up in an inconceivable pain. It took him a couple of months to resolve the loss.

But then, one fine day, something happened that changed his whole world. It made him look at things with a different perspective and vision. Two Academy for Working Children (AWC) teachers came for a follow-up visit, and they enquired about the reason behind his in absentia. He then broke down in tears, the teachers consoled him and encouraged him to again join his studies. Thereafter, they approached his father and provided sufficient moral support in resolving his condition. Eventually, he was convinced to send his son back to school.

The very next day, he started going to his school. Life gifted him another opportunity to reshape his skills by gaining education. First few days, he hardly used to take part in activities and was unconfident. He rarely interacted with other students and seldom participated in extra-curricular activities. However, over the years, he has become participative, confident and takes initiative in class. Support from his friends and teachers has made him acquainted with the education approach and he was able to catch up with his peers. Gradually, his teachers were able to notice his obtrusive improvement in academics as well as in oratory skills.

At present, he is in 7th grade and will be completing his journey at Academy for Working Children (AWC) within a year. He wishes that if the academy had classes up to 12th grade, he could continue his studies. With the support of teachers, he has realized his dreams and has decided to achieve his aim of becoming a teacher to help all those children who are deprived of education, which has affected their innocent childhood that further hinders in their overall development. He also wants to work hard to support his younger brothers and sister to achieve his dreams.

Ankit say’s“After my mother died, I tried many a time to push away my grief and to live a new life, but I was unable to move out of the situation. With the support of my teachers and friends, the grief has become more bearable overtime. Now, I have found the reasons to smile again. I thank Humana People to People India for helping me in resolving my loss and gifting me an opportunity to find joy again. Now, I live like my mother would want me to live”.

We would like to share with you, a story of one of our students. To protect his identity, we will use the name Satish in place of his real name. 

Satish is a bright and intelligent 13 year old boy. Coming from a family where father is the sole bread earner, it was difficult for Satish family to provide quality education to both of their children. His father is a tailor and earns a meagre amount of INR 6,000 (USD 100) monthly. His mother is a homemaker. Income of his father is barely sufficient to meet the basic needs of family consisting of four members. With much financial constraints, his parents strives to provide basic education to their children.

He was studying in 3rd grade at Geetanjali Public School, located in Jagatpura area of Jaipur, Rajasthan; but due to some reason, the school got closed. His father was looking for another school with reasonable monthly fees, when he came to know about the activity based teaching at Academy for Working Children (AWC), being run by Humana People to People India. After discussing with the project staff, Harsh was enrolled in 4th grade. Seeing his progress and ability to grasp the concepts, he was promoted to 6th grade after few months of his enrolment. When Satish joined the Academy, he hardly used to take part in activities and was unconfident. He rarely interacted with other students and seldom participated in extra-curricular activities. But over the years, he has become participative, confident and takes initiative in class.

At the academy, he enjoys morning assembly, and theme weeks wherein he prepares charts, diagrams and gets to know about community work. Furthermore, he has learned to use computer and understands basics of the computer. Along with studies, he has developed understanding about practical as well as general knowledge. About the staff of Academy, he says, “The teachers at the Academy are very supportive, courteous, listen to the problems of students and never discriminates among students”.

At present, he is in 8th grade and will be completing his journey at the Academy. He wishes that the academy had classes up to 10th grade, so he could continue his studies in AWC. With the support of teachers, he has realised his dreams and has decided to achieve his aim of becoming an engineer. He also wants to work hard to support his younger brother to achieve his dreams.

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Youth practicing their skills new on the Computers
Youth practicing their skills new on the Computers

We are happy to inform you that the Digital Literacy Project over the last year have been able to train 120 youths in digital literacy in the two Academy of Working Children in Malviya Nagar and Jagatpura. We would like to take this oppotunity to thank you for your contribution to this initiative, making it possible to empower the next generation with digital skills.

Since the course is affiliated by Rajasthan State Certification in Computer Courses (RS- CIT), the certificate is highly instrumental in securing better jobs and education for the youth participating in the course. RS-CIT course certification is mandatory to apply and/or get promotions in state government jobs as well.

The course teaches the fundamentals in computers that primarily includes an introduction of computer, its hardware and software, various commands and shortcuts, painting, note pad, word pad, MS office, window movie maker and using the Internet during the three months of course duration. Furthermore, an objective test was conducted after completion of three-month course and all the qualified students were provided with the certificates.

Currently 30 youths have gotten employment after taking the course within this year. More are on their way to get employeed.

Both girls and boys take the Computer course
Both girls and boys take the Computer course

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Humana People to People India

Location: Delhi - India
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Shivani Narang
Delhi, Delhi India
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