ICT-LEAP Information Communication Technology Livelihood Education and Awareness Programme
ICT -Leap is a skills training programme allowing underprivileged youth to build capacity for earning an income through the various options accessible under the New Economy. The program has ben successfully run in West Bengal, India in partnership with local NGOs and CBOs. We welcome enquiries for partnerships .Please download the brochure or post an enquiry to us. (click here)
PranitaSardar, a young woman from rural Bengal alongwith five others,isthe proud owner of asmall but successful business enterprisethat prints invitation cards, flyers, school notebooks, diaries, letterheads , banners , takespassport photos , touches up oldphotographs andso on. Their shop, has threecomputers, bought through governmentand private loans,wherePranita and her business associatesandemployees continuously work against deadlinesto typeset the matter frommany satisfied customers. It isa dream come truefor thisgroupof young girls whohave hadbasic education only and could never have dreamt ofgetting formal employment, let alone learn tooperatecomputers.
Itwasless than 4 years agothey joinedthe livelihood skillstraining programme ICT-LEAP being run through a local voluntary organization. This trainingprogram focusedon teaching basic computer operations torural youth, alongwithsome key skillsneeded to utilize a computer to earn an income. Various options like setting up aDesk-Top-Publishing Unit ( as in the case above) , digital photography,running an Internet Café , repair of computersare taught as part of the programme, alongwithkey marketing and administrative skillsandfinancialsupport to set up a micro-enterprise.Forthose opting for jobs further skillstrainingand placement assistanceisalso provided.
With the growing demand of low cost staffing in the booming IT enabled servicesindustry popularly known asBPOs in India many of therural youth now have accessto jobs that they could never haveaspired for without this training.