Digital Literacy: SAP’s Code Unnati Program Imparts Quality Digital Education to Underprivileged Kids of Dharavi (Mumbai)

With 45% of the world population equipped with internet access and 95% having cell phone coverage, India is still massively lagging behind in digital literacy. Most of us are quite tech-savvy and leave our footprints on social media multiple times a day. However, there is a completely different world within India where around 40% of the nation’s population is below poverty line & an alarming 90% of Indian population have no idea what digital literacy is! In this competitive era of clicks and instant information, the tremendous lack of digital literacy, not just in rural regions, but also in urban India is alarming. The world is going digital and digital literacy is almost just as important as literacy to survive and do something meaningful these days.

SAP realized how disturbing the statistics are for literacy & digital literacy in India, and launched Code Unnati with a vision to educate underprivileged kids. After empowering rural India with digital literacy, Code Unnati took another huge step by extending out their reach & support to underprivileged kids in urban cities. With the intent of educating them about the digital world, Code Unnati Youth Centres were inaugurated in Dharavi, Mumbai on 18th May, 2018. The event aimed to empower the future generation with skills that would be very effective in real world to be employed. Lack of digital literacy is just as crippling for today’s youth as not knowing how to read or write. A pioneer in technology space, SAP supports government’s Digital India campaign and commits to impart quality IT education to youth.

Helping children navigate the digital world

Dharavi Youth Center witnessed a wave of joy and excitement, when underprivileged kids got the privilege to learn computer programming and codes. 30 students enrolled in the Dharavi Youth Center to learn digital skills, and this was the first attempt at educating this urban slum of India with programming & codes that can practically help them secure a job in future. Partnered with HOPE Foundation India, SAP volunteers have been enabling digitization in rural areas like Bharatpur and Talasari till now, and this new venture in Mumbai is sure to change the face of digital literacy or the lack of it as prevalent in today’s society.

Code Unnati alignment towards UNSDG

Most of us who have seamlessly gone through schools & colleges cannot even begin to comprehend what life could be like if we never got the basic education! Unfortunately, not everyone is that privileged in India and most below poverty line kids do not have proper access to education, skills, and the benefits that tag along. SAP is committed to end illiteracy in India through several vital goals and ventures, its collaboration with UNSDG#4 –Quality Education is one of them. To promote Digital India’s plan of educating 60 million citizens with digital literacy by 2019, SAP launched the first corporate-to-corporate collaborative initiative in India – Code Unnati. This project with digital literacy theme will enable the masses to learn the nuances of codes, programming and Internet. SAP will provide the technological infrastructure and the necessary expertise on course curriculum, instruction manuals on course conduct, and teachers. Code Unnati endeavours as a collaborative model with L&T and ITC to enrich kids with STEM education and make them digitally empowered.

Aiming to primarily & dedicatedly contribute to 3 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) – SDG#4 Quality Education (providing technology and business skills needed to succeed in the digital economy), SDG#8 Decent Work & Economic Growth ( ensuring a sustained economic growth with full and productive employment, and decent work for all), and SDG#17 Partnership for Goals ( an absolute necessity to achieve other essential goals), SAP’s collaborative effort is not restricted to just job opportunities in IT sector.

Driving Economic Growth & Digital Inclusion

According to Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), there are currently nearly 31 million individuals looking for jobs in India. Job seekers lack right employable skills for better success at employment. At SAP, the focus is on identifying the root cause of lack of employability and working on finding robust solutions. Code Unnati is aimed at educating the youth, urban slums, and the differently abled to build a digitally empowered community, instil digital literacy, and create employment opportunities.