E-Sakshar

Promoting Digital Literacy and Cyber Security Awareness Among Marginalized Children, Women and Men
9% Raised
Goal : 372000
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Last Date
01 Nov 2022
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Problem

We often talk about the countless perks of the internet – it has brought the world closer, created jobs and transformed the way we think about all things ‘digital’. But what about the flip side? What about data security, cyber safety, privacy, and online fraud? Men and women belonging to the weaker sections of society are lost for these terms, and while they have access to the internet and social platforms, they tend to get roped into cybercrimes, often unknowingly. Lack of confidence, inadequate educational history, poor reading and comprehension skills and lack of exposure to new technology are some of the major challenges rural India faces when transacting/interacting online. 

The digital world is the key to gaining knowledge, acquiring skills, creating contacts, and developing one’s personality. When approached right, the youth of rural India can benefit from all aspects and in turn, help end this cycle of poverty. The problem at hand is that they need quality education on cyber security and digital literacy and Giving for Good Foundation along with IDEA Foundation want to help unlock opportunities for them. Everyone deserves a chance at a better life. 

Our Approach

The problem is threefold – lack of awareness around cybercrimes, fear of the unknown and not being able to leverage digital media to step out of poverty. All of us deserve digital literacy and especially rural parts of the country, that face issues with ease of accessibility. There’s fear amongst people, which forces them to stick with their traditional methods of living.

It's easier to implement cybersecurity than to deal with cyber-adversity. Through IDEA Foundation, GfG initiated the E-sakshar campaign in 2019, at Pune, Maharashtra, to empower communities and break down barriers. Engaging workshops, basic computer literacy, sessions to develop skills that can be monetized, and seminars have been initiated under the National Digital Literary Mission Scheme (NDLM). Basic computer skills like Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and many more will be taught in person. Since accessibility to laptops and desktops is low, offline classes will be held whenever the situation in each community allows for it. 

Our approach focuses on a blend between online, and offline classes. We aim to empower children, women and men belonging to marginalized sections of society by equipping them with the right skills and knowledge so that they make the most of the digital world. 

Impact

This year, we aim to assist 200 beneficiaries become digitally aware, including children, women, and men. IDEA Foundation’s year-long campaign will help:

  • Spread digital awareness
  • Educate on cyber security 
  • Boost confidence
  • Promote use of digital marketing to assist aspiring women entrepreneurs set up local businesses (weaving, pottery, switching, tiffin-system, etc.)

In the previous years, E-sakshar has used simple and effective ways to spread awareness, which enabled our students to access a wide array of information. We ensured that we got through to our individual students communicating to them in a way they would understand. Not only in language, but in passions, interests, and motives. Even through online classes, we ensured that our students were engaged and look forward to learning.  Attesting to our belief that with a little bit of encouragement and a nurturing environment, we can achieve digital literacy to help a precious and afraid community. All we need is a little kindness, and the willpower. 

E- sakshar has helped marginalized women understand and adapt to the advantages of using their mobile phones. Earlier, use of mobiles was restricted to simply receiving calls. After rounds of workshops and other lessons, there is a massive change in the way women use their devices. They have now successfully learnt how to use the internet to book tickets online, pay digitally, submit admission forms online and attend their child’s school meetings. Small steps like these eventually add up, boost their confidence, and help them explore better opportunities. 

Giving for Good Foundation urges you to donate to this campaign and help rural India. Share this with those who you think you can help us raise awareness. You can help is more ways than one, to change the lives of many.

E-Sakshar

Promoting Digital Literacy and Cyber Security Awareness Among Marginalized Children, Women and Men
9% Raised
Goal : 372000
10
Supporters
32,838
Raised
Last Date
01 Nov 2022
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