Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of 76th Independence Day, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the new vision of India to establish the technology-driven age ‘techade’ by bringing revolution through digital India to the grassroots, Humara Bachpan Trust launched the 2nd Community Digital Learning Centre today at Durgamadhab community of Bhubaneswar.
The first digital learning centre was set up in OUAT Farm Gate Basti, Bhubaneswar catering to nearly 55 children and 37 adolescent girls of the community. Through the digital learning centre, the children and youth of the community get access to digital devices and learn the usage of applications, access internet and search and apply for job and skilling opportunities.
The community digital learning centres are set up with an objective to foster grass root learning and build digitally literate networks thereby encouraging internet innovation, reducing digital inequalities between genders.
These centres bridge the electrical and digital divides among children, women and youth from urban poor communities with their counterparts by providing them access to quality digital education facilities.
Humara Bachpan has come into a partnership with Swastik Assets Private Limited to set up two digital learning centres in two communities of Bhubaneswar.
The centre at Durgamadhab community was inaugurated today by Mayor, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Sulochana Das. Addressing to the women and children, the Mayor said digital literacy goes far beyond enabling people to navigate the internet; it improves youths’ employability, empowers them to participate in the life of their communities online, and what is more important, serves as a tool that enables them to acquire other significant life skills.
Dharitri Patnaik, Founder Chairperson, Humara Bachpan Trust said digital literacy is a great enabler for the empowerment of children, women and youth. Digital literacy is critical for children’s and women’s development across a wide range of areas. In the modern era where everything is more digitalized and technology-related, the inequalities in accessing quality digital learning is a real concern.
HBT’s digital literacy intervention is bridging the digital divide and empowers more women, children and youth digitally.
More than 80 women and children from Durgamadhab and nearby communities were present in the inauguration program. Among others, Smita Mohanty (Swastik Assets Pvt Ltd.), Corporator (Ward No. 23) Kiranbala Majhi, Dillip Majhi, Ward Officer, Hemant Sahoo and HBT Executive Director Arpita Pattnaik and team members were present.