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Sparing time for a good cause

Novel step: A TechSeva volunteer teaching students of Kasturba Gandhi Girls High School the basics of computers, at Sangem mandal in Warangal Rural district.

Novel step: A TechSeva volunteer teaching students of Kasturba Gandhi Girls High School the basics of computers, at Sangem mandal in Warangal Rural district.   | Photo Credit: M_MURALI

TechSeva volunteers have been teaching govt. school students the basics of computers

Many children studying in government schools do not know what the use and function of a computer is. This isn’t because State-run schools don’t have computers, but because the machines are either defunct or the school does not have an instructor to teach the subject.

However, thanks to members of TechSeva, a body of young engineering graduates, the students have been learning how the computer functions. The volunteers go around government schools teaching students of class 6 to 9 the very basics of the subject.

Special classes

Founded by 24-year-old B.Tech graduate Manideep Anchoori, TechSeva members spare time once a week for about six weeks to reach out to government schools, financed by their own money.

“We have prepared a syllabus and teach the basics of computers and how to use government services online such as eSeva,” Mr. Anchoori told The Hindu.

The Kasturba Gandhi Girls High School in Sangem mandal has had computers for a long time, but the subject was never taught as the school did not have a instructor until recently. However, for some time now, TechSeva volunteers have been teaching the students here.

Principal K. Neelima said the volunteers helped the students immensely and they could now ace the subject in the board examination.

E. Anusha, who is pursuing her B.Tech, said she was happy to teach students every Saturday since the past five weeks. She said it gave her pleasure and also helped her improve her subject knowledge.

Relatable issue

Another volunteer, Aparna, said when she was in school she did not have such a facility. “I know the difficulties of students in government schools. I am happy that now I am able to help some of them.”

Mr. Anchoori said many graduates joined their mission, and the 40 member group tours schools in rural areas with their own laptops teaching the basics of the subject. “We have completed the course in 12 schools and trained over 500 students. There is good response to the programme and the demand only keeps growing,” he said.

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