Amidst the COVID – 19 pandemic, digitization has become the need of the hour. Unfortunately, in India the shift has not been easy due to the existing digital illiteracy and lack of access to digital infrastructure.
In the best way possible and a convenient channel to bridge digital divide in the rural and semi-rural areas, Capgemini India collaborated with SRF Foundation to launch Capgemini Digital Literacy Mission. The initiative aims to provide community members in the age group of 14-70 years access to digital infrastructure and making them digitally literate using ICT as an outreach platform. The program also took into account special needs that people might have with provisions such as screen reading software like Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) and other necessary learning aids to facilitate teaching.
Pankaj Ghoshal is a trainee from Capgemini Digital Literacy Centre in Noida (Uttar Pradesh). He always wanted to learn how to use a computer. But because of his partial visual impairment he could not find an institute which could accommodate his needs as well as not cause a financial strain. Through Capgemini Digital Literacy Program, Pankaj has been able to fulfill his dream. He completed the computer literacy course gliding through with the help of trainers and a little bit of extra attention. Today he is utilizing his new skills to surf the web, help pay bills, buy essentials and also apply for colleges and other courses.