Digital Inclusion & Education for economic transformation: A Case in Point – India Code Week
Digital Inclusion & Education – India context?
India is the second most populous nation with 1.32 bn citizens, of which 90% of population, i.e. 1.18 bn people, is digitally illiterate. As per the 71st NSSO (National Sample Survey Organization) on Education highlights that around 94% of households are digitally excluded. Further, India has become the 6th largest economy, piping France as per Bloomberg. For inclusive growth, Digital Literacy & Digital Inclusion play significant role in India. Thus, there is need for Digital Literacy initiative across India. Thus, India provides enormous opportunities for Economic Growth. However, the critical factor like digital preparedness or inclusion can become the bottleneck to achieve even impressive growth. Further, Government of India acknowledges this importance and launched Digital India mission in 2014-15, to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy
India Code Week – a multi pronged approach under Code Unnati – for digital literacy & digital inclusion
- SAP India CSR launched Code Unnati in June 2017 as Corporate to Citizen Initiatives to impart digital literacy among adolescents, citizens, & children and employable IT skills among youth.
- While SAP India CSR runs the Code Unnati initiative with 500 physical class room established across the country, Code Week allows us to penetrate into geography and for the socio-economically disadvantaged youth, who remain unserved, due to the vast population base. The 3 layered training approach, provides exponential teaching outcomes. Every year, we can focus on different un-served / underserved geographies, and can create more collaborations which ensure wide spread training penetration
- To supplement the efforts under Code Unnati, India Code Week has been designed to impart digital education in an accelerated manner in geographies and for socio-economically disadvantaged communities, where we haven’t expanded out reach.
- SAP strategy is to deliver the intelligent enterprise, through intelligent technologies viz., Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things & Disrupted Computing, and Blockchain.
- Picture this: A country of 1.32 bn people, the 6th biggest economy in the world, fastest growth rate in GDP amongst major economy, where 90% of citizens (approx. 1.18 bn) are digitally illiterate, around 94% of households are digitally illiterate & digitally excluded, and only 6% of the house-holds have computers at home. This further implies that Indian industries lack skilled manpower who are learned in next-gen technologies.
- Code Week is a way forward to fulfil SAP’s strategic imperative (on delivering Intelligent Enterprise) in India, with very specific focus on training human resources on next-gen technology competencies, and also help our customers with the availability of such skilled man power, and thus, helping them & SAP realize the vision of intelligence enterprise. Post code week training, students will be geared to be trained for the advanced next-gen technologies / programming languages, etc.
- SAP acknowledges how poor the statistics of digital inclusion in India is, with only 10% of the population is digitally literate. As per the report of Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), nearly 31 million Indians are job less, as of March 2018, and the rate of unemployment was 6.1% in Feb 2018. Critical factor for joblessness is the lack of employable skills. The economic condition is further accentuated with the requirement of adoption of newer skills for Industry 4.0. “India’s major challenge will be to ﬁnd jobs for its working-age population which is forecast to increase from about 740 million to 1.3 billion by 2050.”, said Lord Adair Turner, Chairman of U.K.-based Institute for New Economic Thinking. Code Week delivers significantly on Economic Development at enormous scale, to address the challenges & concerns highlighted above.
India Code Week – a multi-pronged approach
India Code Week 2018 began in September 2018. It is a 6 month long initiative: the first part is training of master trainers, where in 25 trainers were trained. We culminated the first phase on 23 September.
- Master Teachers
- Compute Instructors – almost 3000 instructors will be trained in October 2018
- Students – 100,000+ students will be trained from November 2018 – March 2019
India Code Week would impart training on advanced topics viz., HTML5, Programming Languages, Building / designing App, etc. in collaboration with Pratham InfoTech Foundation, a CSR partner for India Code Week
The Code Week will follows unique pedagogy and curriculum to bridge the digital learning gaps among the teachers and students.
After the successful culmination of training of master trainers, we are gearing up for computer instructors training in October 2018