In this new era, we require modern solutions to traditional problems. Technology is one such tool that can help us reach out to those in need and in ways that were not possible until today. Lack of ‘proper education’, poverty and unemployment are invisible ropes holding back our nation. There can be a positive shift with Education and Technology more accessible and inclusive.
Education helps to break the vicious cycle of poverty and unemployment, thereby paving the way for national development. Education and Employment is the right of every individual. It empowers and makes one self-sufficient. Traditionally speaking, teaching has been a one-way process using blackboards, textbooks, pens, and papers. This style of engagement has widely evolved into facilitation using laptops and smartphones etc. Unfortunately, not many people are acquainted or have access to these new tools and methods of teaching. This stark difference became even more prominent with the Covid 19 lockdown. With educational institutes closing down overnight and the world moving online, formal learning abruptly stopped for students living in urban and rural communities.
Now more than ever, Technology has changed the society we live in. The use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, etc. has become a routine in our daily lives. With the ‘new normal’ everyone around the globe is attempting to adapt and accept the use of technology, be it a regular user or new. By conducting meetings to regular classes online, everyone has become aware about how technology can make our lives easy and quick. Developmental organisations and Educational Institutes are working towards the larger accessibility and reach of technology. Understanding the basics of a computer or smart phone, making online transactions and being digital literate is the need of the hour. It leads to be better job opportunities and self-empowerment.
NIIT Foundation, a non- profit organization has been playing a major role focusing on digital literacy programs for the under-served. NIIT Foundation works keeping in mind the employability issues at the grassroot level, so that students can benefit from the courses they attend. The organisation works on the all-round development of each individual empowering them with skills that will enable them to seek jobs and become self-sufficient.
Technology is enabling students to connect and widen their scope of opportunities otherwise available to them. Technology leads to better employment opportunities, personality development, awareness and confidence; thereby leading to empowerment.