Research argues that attitudes towards computers and Information and communication technologies (ICT) are shaped early in primary school and are influenced by peer, teacher and parental attitudes. Students’ interest in computers is linked to the amount of encouragement they receive from parents, teachers, school career counsellors and peers. A study shows that ‘there is mass difference between girls and boys in their appreciation of the importance of computer’.
Recently initiated IT @ School programme in Govt. Schools of the State has started evening out differences at school level. But still there lies serious disparities as far as college students are concerned. Taking the above facts seriously, KSWDC is all set to launch ‘ICT awareness training’ to girls students and teachers of arts and science colleges in the State. The project, starting on 27 January 2012, will cover Wayanad, Malappuram, and Kasaragod districts.
The relevance of ICT with respect to gender equality in today’s age is the key to the said project implementation. The purpose is to provide ICT as a powerful tool to young women for making progressive change in their status and also to create safe spaces to enable women to use ICT tools effectively. ICT can make technologies available to more women and offer ways for them to access information and create new income generation activities.
In order to make the project more effective, teachers are made an important part of the project, empanelling master trainer teachers in colleges. Because ICT are influential and that teachers can play an integral role in recruiting and motivating girls for ICT.
With this project, KSWDC is yet again extending its horizon for women empowerment.