Bhubaneswar: On the 76th Independence Day, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared India’s new vision to establish the ‘techade’ of the tech-driven era by bringing revolution through From digital India to the grassroots, Humara Bachpan Trust launched the 2nd Digital Community Learning Center today at the Durgamadhab community of Bhubaneswar.
The first digital learning center was set up at OUAT Farm Gate Basti, Bhubaneswar, accommodating nearly 55 children and 37 adolescent girls from the community. Through the Digital Learning Center, children and youth in the community have access to digital devices and learn to use apps, access the internet, research and apply for employment and skills opportunities.
Community Digital Learning Centers are created with the aim of fostering basic learning and creating networks of digital literacy, thereby encouraging innovation on the Internet and reducing digital gender inequalities.
These centers bridge the electrical and digital divides between children, women and youth in poor urban communities with their counterparts by providing access to quality digital education facilities.
Humara Bachpan has partnered with Swastik Assets Private Limited to set up two digital learning centers in two communities in Bhubaneswar.
Durgamadhab Community Center was inaugurated today by Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Sulochana Das. Addressing women and children, the mayor said digital literacy goes far beyond enabling people to browse the internet; it improves the employability of young people, empowers them to participate in their online communities and, most importantly, serves as a tool for them to learn other important life skills.
Dharitri Patnaik, Founding Chairperson of Humara Bachpan Trust, said digital literacy is a great catalyst for empowering children, women and youth. Digital literacy is essential to the development of children and women in a wide range of fields. In the modern era where everything is more digitized and tech-driven, inequalities in access to quality digital learning are a real concern.
HBT’s digital literacy intervention bridges the digital divide and digitally empowers more women, children and youth.
More than 80 women and children from Durgamadhab and neighboring communities attended the inaugural 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.