Around 100 volunteers from the city,all students of the Sinhagad Society are off to Bhambora,near Ahmednagar on a 10-day mission to make primary schoolstudents computer literate. The initiative called Prayas will aim at improving the knowledge of schoolchildren on computers with practical experience.
They will cover two schools each from around 20 villages. The idea is to make students aware of at least basic computer skills. Jaideep Pathare,a volunteer said,This is the third edition. Last year,we were almost 150 volunteers and covered around 32,000 students in Parner. This year,our aim is to focus on quality. So we decreased number of schools we cover to spend quality time in each.
Pathare said,To start with,we will teach them basics. Things like starting a laptop,shutting it down,using MS office and taking printouts. Also,we will demonstrate things like pen-drives. The group will interact with students,teach them tricks in Maths and ways of learning chemical formulas. The plan is to impart whatever knowledge we can. A few competitions will be held,besides a tree plantation drive. Each student will plant a tree and be responsible for its care, said Nikhil Pathare,another volunteer. Prayas is being supported by the University of Pune and some corporate houses.