Its been a very busy week. We had our petit day @ our company last Wednesday (26th jan). It was fun to be with kids :) Around 50 kids turned out. It was a real cool day. All of us, kids, parents, volunteers had loads of fun.
Come Saturday & we went on for a program called Rural Reach Program (RRP). At a very high level, its going to some rural school, with some computers, and spreading computer awareness. The entire program is conducted in Kannada, the regional language.
The goal is to makes the kid aware of computers, and to get the fear of computers out of them!. Believe it or not, there are kids who are afraid to touch computers! (as if its going to eat them :D)…. So, this program helps.
This time, we went to a rural school around 50 kms away from mangalore. (a place called Noojibailu, in bantwal taluk). Around 200 kids from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade took part in this program. Yes., we are aware that we can make the kids 100% computer literate, but this is just a starting point. Just the ignition for the flame to start.
But, IT is picking up even in rural areas. I have been to RRP’s in the past to other schools too, but this time around, when I asked the question, “How many of you have actually seen and used a PC?”, almost all the 200 hands went up !…………That’s just great.
My next question was..”Who invented computers ?”, and to my surprise, I could hear “Charles Babbage” loud and clear !