By Digital Empowerment Foundation
Published on: Nov 18, 2022
In the normal context digital literacy is often seen through the lens of regular literacy, but never has it been seen that way at Digital Empowerment Foundation. The result has been that many rural residents are getting connected to the digital world.
Soochna Adhikar Kendra is an initiative to enhance digital literacy where digital services are made available and sessions are conducted to teach and encourage people from rural areas to operate laptops and smartphones so that they become independent in availing their necessary services. Muniya Devi is a beneficiary of the program and she has provided us with a perspective of an end user of the programs through her narration.
“I am Muniya Devi from Khasalpur village, Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. 25 days ago, I visited Jal Kanchan Ji’s Soochna Adhikar Kendra and learned that even I could benefit from the continued services by registering. I was glad to know that I could also learn how to operate a smartphone and a laptop.
After registering, I began my training by going to the Soochna Adhikar Kendra in my spare time. I’ve already learned a great deal concerning smartphones and laptops, like:
- What is a laptop and how can we use it?
- Capture photos with smartphone, send messages, and videos with mobile camera.
- Making use of the Internet.
- Run Google, YouTube, Facebook, and WhatsApp accounts.
- Obtaining information from the Internet.
- To learn more about any government services or schemes. “
Soochna Adhikar Kendra aims to reach many such beneficiaries and bust the myth that only literates can use digital tools and provide safe space and flexibility of time to learn at their own pace. So far 5 Soochna Adhikar Kendras, 2 in Samastipur and 3 in Muzaffarpur, have been opened targeting women and adolescent girls, youth, old age people, person with disabilities, schools/students and teachers, Anganwadi Centers (AWCs), farmers, workers and employees. Through these centres, 1076 beneficiaries have registered with the Mera App and 893 have been trained.