Computer Training Programme for the artisans..

Distribution of certificates to the participants by SETU

To ensure all round development of the artisans, SETU had started a computer training project in the year 2014 to provide technical education to the artisans & their families at our partner NGO, SURE, based at Binjrad village of the Barmer district of Rajasthan. This small village is located at a distance of 75 kms from Barmer, and adjacent to the India – Pakistan Border. The region is known for its traditional handicrafts like appliqué & embroidery which is one of the important sources of income for the artisan families here.

The village is located in a remote desert area, where people do not have access to even basic facilities like clean drinking water, proper sanitation and shelter. And in such situation, focus on education & technical advancement gets lost behind the struggle for basic needs. The basic computer skills that are required for global exposure and to apply for jobs are out of reach for most of them. And so, SETU set up a Computer Training Centre for the artisans at Barmer, Rajasthan.

Aims and Objectives of the Project:
• To stress the importance of computer education among the artisan groups.
• To make technical knowledge accessible by providing basic computer knowledge to artisans & their family members.
• To make artisans eligible for applying for various jobs by making them computer literate.
• Promoting self sustainability and self-confidence.
• Helping artisans survive in this competitive world & live at par with the contemporary times.
The Computer Training Programme is successfully running for more than a year now. In August 2015, a total of 17 participants completed their training under the Project. In order to test the skills of the participants, a practical test was conducted and the participants were given certificates mentioning their level of computer knowledge.

A new computer training center has been established at Chohtan village, about 52 Kms from Barmer Rajasthan. The classes have been shifted to this new centre now as it is more easily approachable from the various hamlets scattered in that area. The center started functioning from 13th August 2015, since then a total of 20 new participants have registered for the training programme.