The first anniversary of Bal Swavlamban Trust’s Digital Empowerment Centre in Dhankot, India, was celebrated on 8 February. A ceremony marked the event, with ICDL certificates awarded to successful candidates. The initiative by Bal Swavlamban Trust, a corporate social responsibility initiative of Hella, aims to help young people in Dhankot, where Hella has a manufacturing plant, to develop digital skills and become more employable.
The ICDL India team has collaborated closely with the team at Hella in India to curate a computer training programme using ICDL Computer Essentials and Online Essentials modules. The philosophy behind the selection of the modules is to ensure that the candidates have their ICT foundations completely firm and solid before they embark on the journey of further skills upgradation.
The Chief Guest, Mr Naveen Gautam, Managing Director, Hella India, stressed the importance of making the students independent and employable by learning essential skills, like using computers and technology, in a proper environment and through a standard curriculum.
One of the students, Abhishek Singh, talked about how his friends view him as the ‘go-to-guy’ for basic computer issues after his course at Hella-BST. He stressed the need for starting from the basic foundations of computer skills, so that one can then proceed to obtain higher levels and progress further.
Another beneficiary of this initiative, Aarti, runs an NGO. Aarti spoke about the changes that learning basic computer skills brought in her life and how she can manage her daily work better now.
The students of Hella-BST come from very different backgrounds, mainly high school students but also a few graduates and one young housewife as well. On the occasion of the certificate distribution ceremony, other students also shared their experiences and the changes the programme has brought to their lives. They thanked the BST training team, Hella management and the ICDL team for the opportunity and the constant support provided, which was never available before, either through governmental or NGO levels.