Fact: In an age of the digital revolution, only 6.5% of India’s population is digitally literate.
Sshrishti’s vision of integrated, holistic development also makes for Sshrishti’s efforts towards providing for and bridging the ever widening divide in digital literacy. Given post-independent India’s lop-sided development outcomes and the continuing disparity in its planning and implementation, Sshrishti attempts, through its initiatives in digital literacy to provide elementary and advanced training in computer applications to those on the outside of India’s digital revolution who miss out on the associated dividends that it brings in terms of employability, communications and functionality..
Digital literacy, Sshrishti hopes, would not only supplement schooling and education but also foster employability, greatly enhancing the quality of livelihood possibilities available to youth from marginalized and impoverished communities. It is with these objectives that Sshrishti’s programme incorporates:
- Training in basic computer applications like MS Office.
- Training in job oriented courses like Tally and DTP
- Community mobilization and outreach activities for securing greater participation from women and girls.
- Use of digital technology to foster awareness and supplement school education
- Encouragement to creative skills using computer applications
The programme started in 2008 in village Surana in Rajasthan and has covered villages in the Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
A robust programme continues in Delhi and Uttarakhand. Sshrishti’s digital literacy programme has so far benefitted over 6000 students.