College students will offer digital skills training in Indian village
Students of Mar Baselious college in Thiruvananthapuram, India, started a mission to boost digital literacy in Anchal village. The pilot project, launched with the support of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), will be limited to an audience of 100 people from two small regions in the village to test the program before scaling the trainings. A group of up to 50 leaders will be selected and further trained to share their knowledge.
The students will first identify different target groups from colleges, schools and merchant associations, among others. Then, they will start teaching these groups skills in e-banking, e-governance and e-learning. According to Munnoo Maria Charls, program coordinator, “We wanted to make use of the technical awareness of the students in the areas as part of their social responsibility. The digital literacy campaign project was submitted before the KSCSTE which agreed to fund it. The students conducted surveys on the use of smart phones and e-services in the area and found that most people did not know how to make use of these services.”
After the initial trainings led by IT experts and conducted with the support of local coordinators, follow-up sessions will be arranged with the test group after six months to explore the evolution in their digital literacy levels.