On 2nd of December, the world celebrates the annual Computer Literacy Day, an initiative that began in 2001 to celebrate how far we have come with technology.
Technology has become an important part of our daily lives, ingratiated into every aspect of our routines from entertainment to communication. Much of our work routine also depends on technology and digital media, making it an integral addition to our curriculum. The future depends on digital technology and our future is our children – which is why we must make them aware of the power of this new innovation and arm them with the tools of the trade.
According to UNDP statistics, at this very point in time more than 64% of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 30 and 29% of them are aged between 15 and 29. We are a nation running on young blood and it is important for us to understand their potential and make it shine through.
It should also be understood however that most of this youth does not have access to these curriculums or proper digital and technological education. A majority of our children live in impoverished areas and come from the undeveloped and uneducated strata of our population. GET Youth’s initiative understands this intimately and has made sure to target these children who are not being given the opportunity to unleash their true potential by offering free workshops on digital technology and IT-based education.
This World Computer Literacy Day, GET Youth saw an opportunity to promote IT-based academia to these impoverished areas, teaching basic IT learning to the range of children gathered there. We are arming them with the tools of the trade and special-needs schooling. Since its inception, GET Youth Trust has successfully provided training and education to 3500 students from economically-challenged backgrounds. These projects covered government institutes, private schools and institutes, slum schools and NGOs, amongst other establishments.
We hope to spread IT awareness everywhere around in Pakistan so we can match up with the upcoming technology trends of the world.