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Learning and Teaching Computer Skills

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Launch and operation of a computer training centre with Internet access.
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The refugees' situation in Delhi is precarious in terms of livelihood (income) and health care. Most Kachin refugees lack the funds and necessary documents to learn the language and computer skills that would enable them to get a good job. And many, when they can find work in local businesses/factories, are subject to injustice and discrimination in the workplace.

The Kachin Refugee Committee will open a computer training centre where some 30 Kachin refugees will learn how to use computers and the Internet. Participation will be free. The equipment will remain the property of the organization for repeated training cycles.

The project seeks to improve the qualification of Kachin refugees who will be able to read news, obtain useful information, and communicate with their families and friends. They will also have better chances to find jobs and to study.

The project will be implemented by one coordinator and one assistant, and the training will be provided by two volunteers who continue their work after the duration of this project. Training will take place two days per week and cover the topics: hardware, Windows, office applications, and Internet.

You can contribute by helping cover the costs for 2 computers, furniture, and stationery supplies for the training centre.

Additional Information

Name of Organization Kachin Refugee Committee
About the Organisation

The Kachin Refugee Committee (KRC) was formed in 2002 in New Delhi to represent ethnic Kachin who fled to India from Burma. The organization has a coordinator, assistant coordinator, and five advisory members.

Its main aim is to help Kachin refugees in the area of health, education, and livelihood. The organization can also act as a liaison with the UN for the registration of Kachin refugees in India.

The applicant successfully completed a microproject in 2010.

Total Costs INR 33,600 (approx. CZK 12,900, EUR 530)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 12,500
Total Number of Shares 25
Location Janakpuri, New Delhi
Timeframe August - December 2011
Progress Update
  • August: KRC bought two computers as well as a table, whiteboard, and books and prepared the computer centre space at the All Kachin Student Youth Union office. They began offering training on 18 August with classes being held on Thursdays and Sundays. Participants are first given basic information on computer hardware and are then taught basic software skills. The training is provided in both Kachin and Burmese languages, to Kachin youth.
  • September/October: The theoretical training in hardware offered in August was followed up in September (and October) with a longer practical training where trainees learn to fix computers, and learn MS Word and other software. A test will be given at the end of the training and successful participants will be given a certificate.

Outputs

KRC purchased 4 PCs and the furniture and supplies necessary to set up a small computer center in August, and two volunteer trainers immediately began offering short courses in hardware and software (including using the Internet) to a total of 31 students. Trainees learned how to do basic computer repairs, install Windows, and use such applications as MS Word and PowerPoint. Certificates of completion were handed out in November to those students who attended regularly and performed well (19 students from the initial 31). The volunteer trainers will continue to provide courses even though the project has officially ended, and many students come by the center regularly to practice what they have learned and also to develop further by learning from each other.

Words from the Microgrant Recipient

"We got benefit from this training because we are learning by our language Kachin and Burmese so we understand everything very easily. And almost all youth from KRC are interesting on this training and all of us deeply faith on this training it will be help us to solve livelihood problems wherever we will go and stay have a big opportunity by getting better job."

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1. The new computer training center.

KRC 1

2. Hardware training.

KRC 2

3. Presentation of certificates of completion.

KRC 3

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