Project Takshan is Literacy India’s special initiative under the Karigari umbrella to technologically enrich the underprivileged, with a special focus on girl children. Given our patriarchal society, female feticide and infant mortality are common phenomenon and harsh realities for girl children. Takshan was started with the sole aim of constantly empowering the girl child with computer literacy, English communication, career counseling and job oriented grooming. This project gives vocational training with a major focus on IT skills, thereby making the children, both boys and girls self reliant, independent and job ready in a community which treats them otherwise. The beauty of this initiative is that children can pursue this course whilst continuing their academic courses either from colleges, through correspondence NIOS.
Impact of Project Takshan
There is both direct and indirect impact of the program. On the tangible lines, the basic and advanced computer courses are adding on to both knowledge and skills of the young students, to face a fast changing, technologically advanced world. Interacting with each other, the students become better aware to explore different career opportunities. This gives the students an advantage in the job market and enhances their livelihood options. Spoken English and life skills training, which are also part of the curriculum, make students job ready. The program has many inconspicuous take-aways too. The students, with a significant boost in their confidence level and broadened horizons are ready to compete in the job market, and stand better equipped to face the career challenges. A sense of dignified independence touches them with the completion of the course. Year on year, the centers produce more aware and optimistic students.
Achievements during initial months (Jan 2015 to June 2015)
In the very initial months since it’s inception (January 2015 till June 2015), project Takshan gave extra-ordinary results and significant changes have been observed across regions. The project worked on a vast scale as it was implemented not only in Delhi NCR but also as far as the remotest part of West Bengal and rural Rajasthan.
- During Jan- June 2015, Literacy India has successfully enrolled 244 students across all the centers. Out of total enrollments, female candidates (144) outnumbered the male candidates (100).
- Students, on project completion were selected by companies like Snapdeal, domestic call centers, block level data entry operators & the ESI department.
- Reaching out the marginalized community at their door step is another milestone of the program and the number of beneficiaries is increasing every session.
- More & more girls are enrolling in the learning centre for the computer courses. At present the centres across region reveals 60% girls’ enrolment in the computer vocation.
- Tribal girls are getting exposure and have become tech savvy.
- Internal grooming and mock interview identified large number of candidates as being job ready.
- 7 candidates were selected by the ESI department in Gurgaon as data entry operators.
- 1 student joined Snapdeal as back-end executive.
- Students across region are getting opportunity & exposure of Spoken English course by the TVC/ BBC English communication program.
- Many of the girls were hired by Literacy India as assistant Trainers/ teachers.
- FGD and Survey analysis had been conducted for the next batch; the areas have been explored and implementation program had been addressed accordingly.
- Monthly assessments with students have shown positive progress in the computer operation.
- The successful candidates are proving to be great role models for the others.
Name: Pinki, Location: Bijwasan New Delhi
Pinki, all of 20, belongs to a family of six members. Her father owns a small shop, and working solely to make ends meet was a struggle. Pinki, was left with no choice but to look for work after Class XII. She enrolled herself to pursue B.A through correspondence. However, that wasn’t enough to find her a suitable job due to lack of technical skills.
Pinki saw a ray of hope when her friends told her about the courses offered by Literacy India Centers. She enrolled for the Certificate course in Computer Application and the Spoken English course.
Almost soon after completing the course, Pinki was offered a job at Snapdeal warehouse near to Bijwasan. Currently her Salary is Rs. 8250/- per month.
Says a jubilant Pinki, “I can’t thank Literacy India enough for providing a training center in my community. I am happy to have become economically independent to support my family and also complete my graduation simultaneously”.
Name: Soma Das, Location: Howrah Kolkata
18 years old Sima Das had completed Madhayamik Schooling and was looking for a job. Her father, a daily wage labour, couldn’t afford to pay fees for her schooling as well as that of her younger siblings. With just a Madhayamik Degree, she was not able to get a job anywhere. Wherever she went for an interview, she faced one basic question of whether she was comfortable with computer operation. She failed to identify any Computer Learning centre in Howrah Salkia area where the fees was reasonable and affordable. As luck would have it, she heard about Literacy India’s Computer Learning centre and started attending classes.
There was no looking back! Within 6 months of completion of the course, she was selected as Data Entry Operator by a shop at Liluah, where she currently works thrice a week. Her monthly honorarium is Rs.4000/-.
A confident, beaming Soma reports “I attribute my success to Literacy India’s learning centre. Though Howrah has many computer learning centres, but no one is able to connect the students with the real exposure of the digital world. I am fortunate to have got that exposure through Literacy India.”