Empowering youth

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for GEN Y Members of Techism participating in a drive to educate youth about computers in Mysore recently. DH photo

“All through our lives we have been hearing that India is a developing country. Atleast the next generation should hear that the nation is developed,“ opined Koushik K S, a member of ‘Techism’.

Twelve students pursuing their BCA at a private college here, have taken the initiative to reach out to students of government schools with the intention of making them computer literate. The group led by Rakesh M V comprises Shivkumar A S, Koushik K S, Prabhu Kumar P, Sai Sharan R, Manu Bhargav and Selva P. It also includes Manipuri students Bikram Singh and Sibananda Sharma, Umaa R of Tamil Nadu and Sumana Mandal from West Bengal.

Koushik observed that there is a wide a gap between students studying in private and government schools. While 10th standard students in private schools are being taught softwares such as Java, students in government schools are even afraid to touch computers, because they’ve never had a chance, he bemoans.

He said that there is immense talent in children studying in rural areas. They also have an amazing grasping power, he added.

Another ‘Techism’ member Shivakumar said that they are trying to use Kannada for giving explanations about computers. When an analogy between computers and real time situations are given, students tend to understand it better, he says.

Also the youngsters are taking the new approach of being friendly with their ‘students’. “We are interactive and refrain form using the regular classroom route,” explains Shivakumar.

In the first part of their training, they tell students about the various parts of computer, different types of computers such as desktops and laptops, and the functioning of a computer. Later, the students give the laptops to the students so that they can have “hands-on experience”.

So what do they get from spending their money and time on children from rural areas? “Satisfaction,” says Kaushik with a smile. “We have also learnt to be punctual, disciplined and dedicated,” he adds.

Describing his reason for joining ‘Techism’ Manu Bhargav said that he took inspiration from his mother who was a teacher at Dalvoy School. He said that he learnt a bit about teaching looking at his mother, and has helped him a lot in these campaigns.

He said that the response is very good from the rural students.Rakesh said that after they visit 25 schools, they will conduct an interactive quiz and provide winners with prizes.

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