“Everyone should learn how to programme a computer because it teaches you how to think” – Steve Jobs
According to India 2018: A Reference Annual Book, “Good quality education is the foundation of new discoveries, new knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship that trigger growth and prosperity of the individual as well as that of a nation. For this, we need to make our curriculum and pedagogy relevant to the needs of our society and nurture qualities of problem-solving and creative thinking, and confident self-expression from a young age.”
Bhumi envisions providing quality education to all the underprivileged children and Bhumi’s Ignite programme at shelter homes provides basic computer literacy to children. The project implements activity based practical learning for all modules. Hence hands-on experience with systems progresses the children to grasp the content better. The syllabus of ‘is grouped under two levels:
- Level 1, children are taught how to start a computer along with essentials such as MS office package
- Level 2, children are introduced to programming languages like C, C++, Java, HTML etc.
Below is a chart depicting the growth of children in terms of computer literacy from the beginning of the academic year towards the end of the intervention. The programme aims to make children independent in each module, i.e., being able to work on the computer without the help/support of volunteers.
In a technology-driven world, poverty or very fewer opportunities for the underprivileged hinders their chance to receive a quality education. To positively impact and ensure these children have a brighter future, Bhumi partnered with NIIT Foundation over the years to provide certification. This would help the children pursue further in the field of computer science or have more opportunities with regard to their career path.
This year, 18 out of 33 students (55% 0f 100%) from Kolkata have scored Outstanding (>85%) in NIIT certification exam which is a great achievement for the children as well as the volunteers who trained them.
We look forward to kindling interest in the STEM field and out of the box thinking for more such children through this programme.
WordSmith: Shilpa Seshadri, Changedriver
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.