Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in partnership with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) conducted a week long (June 10-16) functional digital literacy training programme with the tribal youth from the most underserved areas in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. These young students are enrolled in Certificate Course in Development Management. The workshop kicked-off with a full house of 29 participants, out of which 23 were girls. All of them are the first generation computer learners and the excitement of working on a computer for the first time was promptly visible on their faces.
The training programme started with giving the participants a basic introduction of the programme and then the ritual followed for the next six days with recapping the previous day’s work through various exercises and group discussions. The content of the training elaborated on the significance of using computer and internet in daily life and building the skills to use it in future for professional work.
It helped the participants to identify and learn the key components of basics of computer along with Microsoft office suite, internet, social media, smartphones and its applications, online privacy and security among others. The main highlight of the workshop included usage of games and practical approach to learn various concepts. The workshop exposed participants to the best practices and techniques to use various technical skills related to computer and internet. Through capacity building, the training aimed at inspiring these youth to plan and achieve their community objectives for an inclusive, participatory and sustainable development in the tribal areas of India. Apart from all these, the learners also created their Facebook profiles for the first time and made posters on various social issues in their communities. They later uploaded the posters on their Facebook profile to generate awareness.