Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Digital Literacy and Online Safety Initiative- Access to IT
Explain your idea in details:
The primary objective of the idea is to build the capacity to carry out online activities in students who do not have access to computers. The central focus is on helping students develop the skills of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel through our digital literacy program which uses interactive video modules shown in computer labs of government schools followed by direct implementation of the concept taught. For example, if the students learns about text box in Microsoft Word, they will practice the concept by designing an advertisement. The course structure incorporates unique assignments after every set of 3 videos which help students master the concepts through a practical learning approach. The digital literacy program also assists students in learning to draft formal letters, advertisements, notices, etc. which are an integral part of the assignments. The students will also undergo workshops on important topics like data literacy and online safety. Our main motive for these workshops is to help students keep their data safe and build a safe space online for constructive dialogue. The data literacy deals with questions ranging from what is data to ethics and includes concepts like data analysis and presentation. It also puts emphasis on data safety measures and prevention of theft of data. The online safety workshop addresses the numerous threats faced by teenagers on social media websites, various provisions to report cyber crimes, and staying safe online.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The expected impact of Access to IT would be providing quality education with emphasis on digital education by increasing the efficiency of underprivileged students in computers. They would be able to carry out tasks using Microsoft Office and express their opinions freely. The program will also lead to awareness about cyber crimes and data theft and help students deal with such situations in the future. They will be able to stay safe online and use the internet effectively.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
There are two phases of the implementation. PHASE 1: The digital literacy project will be implemented in schools using their computer labs. A video based 12 hour module on using MS Office followed by assignments of total time 4 hours will be exercised for a batch of 30 students. PHASE 2: Workshops on online safety and data literacy will be implemented for approximately 60 students who have undertaken the digital literacy program. We will be collaborating with government schools with a computer facility and implement the program free of cost. Every module/workshop will have 2 designated volunteers who act as moderators.
I am currently 17 years old and in the 12th grade at Navy Children School, Delhi. I've been working in the public education sector for almost 3 years and have been concerned about the utilization of computer labs in government schools since last summer when I was told by a group of students that they were taught ICT theoretically and didn't visit their labs for practicals. Over the years, I've been interacting with various stakeholders to conceptualize Access to IT which will directly benefit students who are in need of the imperative skills of computers.