What could be more enjoyable than teaching technology to the young generation?
Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. – Nelson Mandela
On the occasion of “Community Day 2015 (Sep 19, 2015)”, “Digital Citizenship” program kick started in India. This program is initiated by “India Microsoft MVP Community” with the help of MVPs all over the country.
We in the community, do realize that, our young guns are still very far from getting basic facilities to explore internet and computer science. We have seen many videos on vision 2020 and how the world surrounding us going to change, but are we going to even understand how this is going to happen. If our young minds are not getting chance to touch and feel the computer or gadgets, then how come we see something which would change our life.
Don’t even think, the children are not interested to learn. I will bet on this. We have already seen the passion, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn computer science and its applications among those youth, who are always ignored.
The Driving Force
I have started my techie career in Mindfire Solutions and in these four years, I have learned a lot how to give my best in office as well as to share my knowledge and give that back to the society. Every Mindfirean is encouraged to work for technical communities, which defines, Mindfire has a unique work culture and ethics.
So, “Microsoft Dev Community (MSDC) Odisha“ took this initiative very seriously to educate and spread the awareness on computers and technology to the citizens of Odisha. This is why this community was started in December 2014.
A group of MSDCians including me planned to visit two schools in one day that is 19th Sept 2015. The schools are situated in my district, “Nayagarh“. One is “NAC High School” and the other one is “Sri Aurobindo Integral High School”.
Visit to Schools prior to the Event Day
Before few days of the event, I visited the schools and interacted with children from different classes (7th to 10th) to check their interest on the event. I was overwhelmed with joy, when I found that they are so delighted to see someone who talks to them on computers or gadgets or robots. They asked me many question. Even I hijacked one class that day, after they pulled me to the classroom again to tell them something on computers and how it operates.
I was moved by the fact that my parents have made me so able, for which today I am standing tall and explaining computers to small kids, where I studied for five years. My teachers gave me immense support to conduct this workshop on 19th.
The Event Day
Alright, now everything is setup, children are ready, teachers are ready, so are the MSDC guys.
First School – NAC High School Nayagarh
The day has finally come. We (ten guys) traveled from Bhubaneswar to Nayagarh, which is almost 2 hours journey. After reaching, we could not believe our eyes, when we saw attendance of 100 instead of expected count of 50 in NAC High School. My friends from Nayagarh really worked hard to set up everything from arranging tables, chairs to setting up the projectors and electricity in that conference hall.
Importance of Education
We are all set now. Before some tech talks, Suvendu Giri (Co-Founder MSDC Odisha and Software Engineer, ESSPL) motivated the gathering by some inspirational videos thereby illustrated the importance of education and computer. I helped him a bit here.
Okay, let’s talk some technology. Of course, we have to start from basics that is “Computer Funda !!! How Computer Works?”. Mr. Durga Charan Ojha, who is a System Administrator in Mindfire started teaching this and got many questions in return. He was able to answer every question. One interesting question was “Why this computer took birth?” Now ask this to yourself, if you want to answer, please feel free to comment below this post !!!
Durga showed mother boards to the students and Prayash Mohapatra (3rd year, B.Tech, CET) also helped him in showing a micro computer and explained to them about its usage.
Sohel Wahid (B.Tech, KIIT) then started his session giving a brief idea on the internet and how it is so powerful in today’s world. Students explored the power of internet and how that can be helpful in their studies.
The next session was on Virus, which was delivered by Ariz Eqbal (B.Tech, KIIT), to which, every student find interesting, learned a few basic things about Virus and clarified doubts.
Last, but not the least, the most interesting topic “Robotics” was presented by Rajesh Kumar Sahoo (B.Tech, KIIT). He was not only able to grab the attention of the children, but also amazed by the fact that most of them were really wanted to build robots after learning from him.
Now this is the prize distribution time. We have listed few students who answered the questions we asked in between sessions. Professor Dr. Gobinda Chandra Dash (Nayagarh Autonomous College) and Mr. Pradip Kumar Dakua (Teacher Geography, NAC High School) were the dignitaries who distributed the prizes and congratulated them for their passion.
We are finally hungry…
Afternoon time and the whole team is hungry!!! We headed to a restaurant nearby to have some lunch.
Second School – Sri Aurobindo Integral High School, Nayagarh
Then we continued our journey of knowledge to the second school “Sri Aurobindo Integral High School”.
These guys are more excited than we imagined. Suvendu and me again started with our motivation talks and give them a hint about what is going to happen, next.
Prayash Mohapatra (B.Tech, CET) sat in between the students and started playing a game. Before the students could make something in their mind, Prayash very cleverly introduced them to the world of computer programming. And, that through a game, really!!! Yes, you heard that right.
Rajesh again operated a small robot in front of them. He showed how our lifestyle would be in a smart house after few years through a video. That was really interesting.
Goodies distributed to the students who answered questions during sessions.
- More schools taking interest to conduct this kind of event.
- Students are asking to organize at least once in every month in their school.
- We are continuously getting calls from students who ask doubt in computers.
- Sasaka Prasasaka on Monday, 28th September, published one news on our event.
We are already planning to take this to as many schools as we can in Odisha. Not only schools, but we will also educate the citizens of every edge at least how to operate a smart phone.
Time to Think!!!
The response really inspired us and opened our eyes. We should not just sit for 8-10 hours in office and work and come back home with a good salary, rather we should share our knowledge in society which once fed and educated us. Don’t be selfish after getting all the help from your surrounding. If you work for you and your family, then what you are giving back to your mother land. Serving to the people, is serving the God, I believe.
Isn’t this a matter to think!!!
If every one of us is determined to go to their own school at least and teach them something you have learned over the years, then illiteracy will only be a word in dictionary. Possible, right!!! If you want to contribute, please start. If you want to join us, please feel free to contact us and tell us how you can bring the change in Odisha.
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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” - Mahatma Gandhi
Vote of Thanks
I would, personally, like to thank everyone, who was a part of this event and contributed their time and knowledge towards the community.
- My teachers, without whose guidance, this event was not possible. They gave us confidence, which boosted us up.
- Microsoft and India Mentor supported us in planning and executing the event successfully.
- Thanks to Mr. Biplab Paul (Audience Evangelism Manager, India Communities) and Mr. Gandharv Rawat (Community Support Lead, India Communities) for initiating this program in India.
- It would be my mistake if I don’t congratulate the MSDC Team, who did all the hard work and executed, this program. Team members include all the speakers and Pravasini Sahoo, Rojalin Sahoo, Suraj Sahoo, Nirmal Hota, Atul Das, Alok Bhanja, Manash Pritam, Dillip Das, Rakesh Pradhan, Biswajit Nayak.