S M Sehgal Foundation

Empowering Young Girls through Digital Literacy and Life Skills Education

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S M Sehgal Foundation

Gurgaon, State of Haryana, India

http://www.smsfoundation.org

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Project Summary

Rural communities are lagging behind their urban counterparts in digital and internet literacy, and thus Digital India remains a distant dream. Rural youth lack the resources and avenues to access information, leaving them with less or no opportunities for education and livelihood. The lack of knowledge in rural youth hinders their confidence and decision making abilities acting as a hurdle in their participation in their village’s activities and development. Youth perspective therefore remains unheard, which means that the bulk of India’s population remains uninvolved and disengaged in policy, governance and decision-making processes. This project will empower young rural girls by providing them access to digital information, opening several avenues and opportunities for them, including education and livelihood options.This solution of providing digital literacy and life skills education to young girls will help in addressing the contemporary problem in the states and villages where there is a compelling need.

Problem Statement

A joint study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Deloitte Research has found that 950 million Indian citizens are out of reach of the internet. Rural communities are lagging behind their urban counterparts in digital and internet literacy, and thus Digital India remains a distant dream. Rural youth lack the resources and avenues to access information, leaving them with less or no opportunities for education and livelihood. This sets off a vicious circle of divide been rural and urban. Hence, there is a pressing need to bridge this divide. The lack of knowledge in rural youth hinders their confidence and decision-making abilities. This acts as a hurdle in their participation in their village’s activities and development. Youth perspective, therefore, remains unheard, which means that the bulk of India’s population remains uninvolved and disengaged in policy, village governance and decision-making processes. As they are not aware of many government programs and schemes by state/central government meant for their benefit they are unable to demand their rights and entitlement. Having access to information and knowledge about these programs and knowledge of computes/internet they can easily get detailed information and play a good role in personal and village development activities.

Solution Overview

This project will be executed in three phases spanning over 5 years with setting up of 21000 batches. The first two phases will span over two years each while the last phase will be of one year only. A Project Coordinator will be responsible to ensure that the deliverable s are achieved on time and that they conform to quality standards. Further, the Project Coordinator will conduct randomized monitoring visits, chair reviews, and verify and ensure the quality of implementation.. There will be periodic test to gauge the knowledge gained by students and scope for improvement in teaching methodologies required, if any. Progress reports will be provided on a bi-annual basis in a format that is mutually agreed upon.The project will include trainings at village -level centers as well as for wider outreach, trainings will be conducted through mobile buses equipped with IT/laptops and instructors teaching digital technology, across various locations in 10 states. This unique intervention will help in mobilizing greater learnings not only across large number of rural girls, but help in penetrating deeper into remote areas. The impact of project would be directly on a total of 5,25,500 girls being educated under this program at the present stage and many others in their families and neighborhood with focus and benefit on small groups of 25 girls each.

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Project Funders

  • Sehgal Foundation USA 2018 - 2021
  • Oracle 2016 - 2019
  • HDFC Bank 2018 - 2020

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