By Surendra Surwade - Associate- Strategy & Fundraising
Virtual Career Exploration
With the 2nd wave of Covid-19 hitting India, education continues to be online. The digital divide persists, even in metros like Mumbai and Pune. Access remains the key challenge.
Antarang conducted a School Reopening Survey across students, parents and teachers of BMC schools to understand their opinion and willingness about reopening of schools. While 80% of the sample had some sort of digital/ telecom device, only about 30-40% could actually receive online education. This gap is due to sharing of one device amongst all family members, lack of access to internet and low digital literacy.
Antarang continues to provide data recharges as per request to school students to sustain Career Guidance to government school students. We also conduct counseling and follow-up sessions over 1:1 or conference calls. A 24X7 Whatsapp Career Chatbot has been rolled out to ensure career and transition support at students' fingertips.Our School Reopening Survey shows clear need of data recharges, digital literacy and smart devices by the students. Antarang is also advocating for the provision of digital infrastructure by the government to all students.
Impact Outcomes of Antarang's Career Guidance program in the last quarter (April 2021 - June 2021):
1. Total students reached: 838 2. Percentage of students with clarity of career plan: 92% 3. Percentage of students who intend to study till 18 years of age: 92% 4. Percentage of students who have at least one self-aware career choice: 96%
Antarang has continued to ensure that students stay motivated to continue education in times of the pandemic. Thus enabling them to transition successfully to high school and higher education, leading towards their careers of choice. We have also run youth and community-driven Covid-19 vaccination awareness campaign to help build resilience in our students and their families.
As the new academic year begins in July 2021, Antarang has begun implementing 'Career Yatra' - an intensive, restructured, and seamless 4-year intervention that embeds career planning and employability development as part of the school curriculum across 300 schools and 30 colleges across Mumbai impacting more than 25,000 students.
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