Digital Literacy & Spoken English

PROFILES OF GRAMONNATI UDYAM TRAINEES

TRACK: DIGITAL LITERACY AND SPOKEN ENGLISH

Gramonnati’s core focus of developing rural entrepreneurs relies on bringing most relevant technologies for rural communities through their Gramonnati Kendras. These Kendras act as technology hubs in the village.

This track develops the skills of selected Udyam Trainees in Digital Literacy and Spoken English. In our work in rural India, we are finding a huge demand for skilling people up in these two areas.

The two trainees, profiled below have been selected to learn spoken English and subsequently teach. They will be empowered to conduct classes in Digital Literacy, Digital Financial Literacy and English in innovative ways to rural students.

Sumita Sarkar

Background

Sumita Sarkar, comes from a Bengali family settled in Jabalpur that migrated from Kolkata before her birth. She was brought up in a joint family along with many of her cousins, which helped her imbibe family values and be a good team person. She excelled in school and always topped in class. She completed her engineering in Computer Science from Gyan Ganga Institute of Technology and Sciences and is presently pursuing post-graduation from the same institute.

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Experience with Gramonnati

She learnt of Gramonnati from her professor who told her about their social initiative of transforming rural India through technology and entrepreneurship. She immediately signed up for the Udyam Program of Gramonnati. She is a very useful member of the team since 02nd April, 2018 and is happy to be amongst children and make a difference in their lives. In a short while, with coaching and guidance from Gramonnati mentors, she has developed confidence to conduct classes for Digital Literacy for students of LS Jha Model Government High School in Jabalpur.

She feels responsible as a teacher with the potential to influence the minds of children. She is aware of the implications of her position. The quality of teaching has attracted not only children but a few teachers of the school have also enrolled for the digital literacy courses. She says, “The teachers also respect us for what we are doing. I am learning a lot from all my students, as their curious questions force me to think of new ways and ideas to make the subject easy to comprehend. The best thing about the Gramonnati Kendra, is that it brings latest technology and content to the students. It displays the power of the internet and the immense possibilities”.

She is also working on small projects that can make an impact on the rural environment. One such idea is the “seed pen”. Seed pen is a pen which is made by paper and has a seed placed within, when the refill is finished you plant the pen in the flower pot, which helps the seed to germinate. It is a great idea to encourage everyone for tree plantation.

Future Plans with Gramonnati

"Sumita was chosen for the “IT Education” vertical as she is soon to be an Engineering postgraduate. She hopes to become an example of Gramonnati’s core idea to “be-a-job-creator and not a job-seeker”.

sumita can be reached at: sumita.sarkar0529@gmail.com

Sunmeet Kaur

Background

Sunmeet Kaur, was born to conservative Sikh parents in Delhi. She had a happy childhood in an upper middle-class family with a younger brother, but she was always the first son to her parents. She respects her parents for what she is today, as they have taught her to be independent in life along with family values. She says that the best thing she learnt was to be honest, no matter how ‘hard’ it may seem. She took tuitions during her graduation days, thereafter got placed in an MNC. She moved to Jabalpur after her marriage and continued to pursue her academic qualifications and received a post graduate degree in Computer Science from Gyan Ganga Institute of Technology and Sciences.

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Experience with Gramonnati

Sunmeet heard about Grammonati’s social initiatives to transform rural India through technology and entrepreneurship from her professor. She started working with Gramonnati from 6th April, 2018 and has enjoyed every day at work. Her last three months spent as a teacher for various Digital Literacy Courses have been very satisfying. She has been able to use her knowledge to enhance the aspirations of the children, who would have never got this opportunity, but for Gramonnati. She admits that the children of the Government schools are really intelligent and quick to learn, contrary to the prevailing view.

Sunmeet is proud to be part of the effort to help somebody who is willing to learn but does not have the resources for the same. The time spent with the students of LS Jha Model High School has contributed in making her a better person and helped develop a different perspective towards life. The kids have taught her the value of knowledge. She feels that these children only need guidance and direction to show them a way for a better future.

She considers herself fortunate to be in this position where she can contribute to this noble cause. She is pleased when the students call her “Maam” and appreciate her work and effort. She has started the innovative practice of conducting games and many other activities in addition to the theory classes to make the learning interesting. The sessions end with chocolates and seed pens (these seedpens are made by the trainees at Gramonnati Center) being presented to the winners.

The experience with Gramonnati has enhanced her knowledge, as she and other trainees have been enrolled for various courses and given the platform for becoming experts in their respective fields. In a short time of three months, she has been given the responsibility of becoming the Kendra Sanchalak of the Kendra at LS Jha Model School at Jabalpur. She says, “I feel really humbled with this responsibility and will work with renewed vigour for making all concerned proud of me”.

Future Plans with Gramonnati

Sunmeet will continue to be part of the journey of Gramonnati, to increase their footprint across the country for spreading the core values. She eventually aspires to become an entrepreneur and start her own centre to make more people in our country digitally literate.

sunmeet can be reached at: sunmeetkaur.08@gmail.com

Trainings Completed/Ongoing

  • June 2018:   Get Connected course by Cisco Net Academy
  • June 2018:  Introduction to IOT by Cisco Net Academy
  • Aug/Sep 2018:   Training on Spoken English Course by Chippersage.

Upcoming Trainings

Sunmeet and Sumita will be undertaking short trainings in the following subjects:

  • Conscious leadership.
  • Communication Skills – effective presentations, effective writing (articles, blogs, official documents)
  • Finance basics.
  • Micro-entrepreneurship basics.