With an objective of introducing computers to children from deprived communities, with support from NTT Data Services, ActionAid Association’s Karnataka Regional Office organized a five-day computer workshop at a government primary school in Cottonpet area of Bengaluru from May 13 to May 17. Volunteers from NTT Data Services taught students the history of computers, basic computer hardware and software, focusing on word-processing, spreadsheets, presentation and accessing the Internet. Both theory and practical sessions were held with a total of 28 children, including 19 girls. The participants were drawn from four urban localities from the proximate area.
“When I entered the workshop, I was feeling very nervous because I felt that computers would be difficult. After attending the workshop however, my fears are gone. The training has made computer operations easy for me,” says Darshini studying in Class VII. Well, this young girl’s mother is no less happy. She says, “I know how important it is for this generation to learn and use computer. The other day, when Darshini shared about the various computer applications she had learnt during the workshop, I felt extremely happy for her.”
All children who participated shared how empowered they felt by the end of this training. And the volunteers from NTT Data Services were happy too! “I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by children during the workshop and their urge to learn. It was an amazing experience orienting them on the basics of computers. We hope that this training further develops their interest in technology and enables them to shape their careers,” says Pallavi from NTT Data Services.