SBI and Oracle target education, women empowerment and rural unemployment through digital skills training

Two of India’s largest corporations, State Bank of India (SBI) and Oracle, launched the D-Change program as a joint volunteer effort to promote education & learning, women empowerment and digital skills in rural regions. The initiative combines the bank’s financial expertise with Oracle’s technology to provide communities with digital skills to develop regional economies.

As a first pillar, the organizations will promote IT literacy among high school students, teachers and parents through “Digital Kushalta ki Aur” program. Starting in August 6, 2016 employee volunteers will gather to teach diverse digital skills in different national high schools. Regular educational sessions will be provided about emerging technologies like cloud, mobile and information security in order to provide students with better employment opportunities for the future.

The second pillar consists in building awareness and promoting financial literacy among girls and women. In order to achieve this, volunteers will invite girls and women to consider IT related careers. Events will take place every April to support the Girls in ICT Day organized by the International Telecommunication Union since 2011.

Finally, the third pillar will consist in mitigating underemployment among rural youth through SBI’s Rural Self Employment Training Institutes. It is expected that teaching rural youth digital skills will make it easier for them to become part of the workforce.

Additional Sources: One World