This project will provide laptop computers & training programs to disadvantaged young women attending college in India. Access to a computer & knowledge of how to use it is critical in today's college courses, but the young women we provide scholarships to come from low-income families and do not have regular access. Often they must pay to use internet cafes and some have even reported having to miss their classes to get time on a computer to complete their coursework. Let's change that!
Through Shadhika's College Scholarship Program, more and more young women are getting the opportunity to attend college and/or vocational school. However, with this opportunity comes the additional challenge of ensuring that they are prepared and have the tools they need to be successful in these endeavors. This year we identified a new challenge facing our scholarship recipients- obtaining access to computers as well as access to supplemental, advanced computer training.
Every young woman with a Shadhika scholarship would be eligible for a laptop computer as funds are available. Shadhika would provide up to $500 USD to cover the cost of the computer. All laptop recipients would be required to receive a Certificate of Information Technology following a course designed to teach them computer skills. In addition and pending applications, Shadhika would provide up to $250 USD in funding for supplemental computer courses related to the student's course of study.
This program will allow young women in one of the most gender-inequitable societies the power to learn necessary 21st century skills. As a result they will be more competitive for jobs in their industry. They will also gain the respect of their communities. Two young women who benefited from this program shared with us: men in their communities who previously dismissed the value of educating girls are now coming to them with requests for help with online forms. They are valued more than ever.