PwC India Foundation celebrates nine years, endorses digital literacy

Week-long activities organised to promote digital literacy across eight PwC offices

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NEW DELHI: The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India Foundation marks its ninth year through a week-long awareness campaign championing digital literacy across its office locations.

Backing its digital literacy efforts were 140 PwC employees clocking 670 hours by taking part in events that benefitted children, women and trainers across cities. Web browsers, search engines, e-mail and wiki blogs are some of the topics that were taught to children and young adults from underprivileged backgrounds.

Trainers from select NGOs in Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune were given basic computer skill training to bridge the gap in teaching children with limited or no access to digital platforms.

Jaivir Singh, PwC India Foundation Vice-Chairman said, “In an increasingly digitised world, it is crucial that every citizen of the nation is equipped with the knowledge and skill to use information and communication technology. Education must be aggressively integrated with digital literacy skills if we want the workforce of the future to be digitally savvy and ready. In India, we need to urgently address the dire need of these skills.”

During the week long digital literacy drive, women were trained to use mobile apps to buy groceries and daily products, to help them manage work-life more effectively. PwC volunteers also spent time with girl children and shared with them valuable lessons on how to be focussed and career-oriented.

Bal Umang Drishya Sansthan (BUDS) Counsellor, Sandhya Mandal said, “I am grateful to PwC for training the children as well as our team at BUDS. This learning has enhanced our experience with technology and will empower our trainers to guide children in their quest for knowledge in the digital space.”

According to UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal 4, this particular target focusses on equipping young people and adults with specific skills, which includes technical and vocational skills, to find decent employment by 2030.

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