Programming a bright future through digital literacy S. D. B. V. Sutrakar School, Surtipada - Talasari

My name is Swapnil Sitaram Bhurkud, I am 15 years old and live with my parents and siblings in Patilpada, Talasari. My father is a farmer and works as a labourer on others' farms. I study in Std, IX. at the Sri Sadgurunath Dada Bhagwat Vidya Niketan Sutrakar School, 5 kilometres away from my home.

Until a few years ago, I had no idea what computers are or what they do. Then, Pratham InfoTech Foundation, Larsen & Toubro Public Charitable Trust and SAP provided 10 laptops and computer devices to our school. Two Computer sancharaks taught us what a computer is, its functions, Last year, in Std. VIII, I was introduced to Corel Draw software which allowed me to complete many projects. I also learned how and when to use various computer commands. This year, in Std. IX, I learnt about Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the Internet.

All of my school subjects are now linked to computers, so all that I have learnt has proved very helpful to me and I have improved in my studies. I have also learnt how it can improve speed of routine tasks.

The teachers allow me to take the laptop home where I teach my parents and siblings.

I see their excited faces and feel very satisfied when I teach them how we use the laptop to study, how it can be used for daily work, and how significant it is in today's world.

When I grow up, I would like to build a career in the field of computers, and thanks to LTPCT, Pratham InfoTech and SAP, that I have got this opportunity.

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