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Computer Literacy Centre in Muzaffarabad

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There were many small scale computer training centres and internet café in Muzaffarabad city before the earthquake.  Theses centres were providing some basic training in computer skills and access to internet. While in public sector AJK University was providing higher courses in computer sciences.  The opportunities  for computer education and internet access were limited even before the earthquake of Oct. 8, 2005 which has destroyed the educational infrastructure almost completely. This led to the situation where the need of developing computer literacy is even more. As the literacy rate in Azad Kashmir is 78% and unemployment is 25 to 50%. The empowerment of   literate by training them in IT skills will improve the quality of the education they have already received and will open more job opportunities in rehabilitation phase of disaster.    

 

 

PROJECT                               COMPUTER LITRACY

 

PROJECT DIRECTOR           TALAT MASOOD BUTT

PROJECT MANAGER           MALIK JAWAD MUZAFFAR

 

NEED ASSESMENT

According to the attitude of potential beneficiaries, “computer studies” is the mainly important training and need of at hand generation. In order to    try to win in the modern world, Computer literacy is an essential necessity. The majority of our community wants and need Computer training; these skills can improve our economic and social structure.

The unemployment rate in Azad Kashmir is 20 to 50 percent; this is due primarily to lack of computer skills. If we provide basic skills then they will be better equipped to find suitable employment. Currently there are many national and international NGOs and in the Govt. sector they are looking to recruit staff, a basic requirement is computer literacy. By offering this training, we would assist the local community to find employment, and the humanitarian community to find qualified and competent local staff.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Kashmir Charitable Trust founded in October 1995 in UK. The members of the Trust gathered their donations for the betterment of the natives in Kashmir. In November 2000 after five years effort, the members of Charitable thought that now they can establish Kashmir Charitable Trust’s branch in Azad Jammu & Kashmir. In 2000, Kashmir Charitable Trust gathered their donations and sponsored different projects of Kashmir Development foundation in (Bhimber) and Sheikh Hameed Bank in (Srinagar). Kashmir Record and Research Council (KRRC) developed working relationship with Kashmir Charitable Trust during the projects perpetuation of Pahari language and magazine of Chitka Millennium number.

Kashmir Charitable Trust (KCT) is a deliberate organization striving to assist people of Kashmir. In recent months, some changes have taken place to assist the affected population to return to normalcy in their day-to-day lives. However, there are still numerous people who have been struggling to survive. There is no family in the area that has not affected by the Earthquake. Members of Kashmir Charitable Trust (KCT) over the years have been endeavoring to assist as many ongoing projects as possible through other charitable organizations. However, a lot of work can be implemented with an increased work force and financial resources. People living in the UK, particularly the Kashmiri people have contributed well in making some of the projects successful. E.g.


ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIEF CAMP

 

This camp was established to accommodate the people reaching Mirpur, initially accommodating in a camp (Phase of immediate relief), in second phase shifting them to rented houses and providing them jobs and education for their children’s.

 

EVALUATION OF THE SITUATION

36 hours of video recording hundreds of photographs interviews of victims, survivor, govt. official, and politician and rescue worker were performed record the disaster for making historical record.

 

ECONOMIC REGENERATION

Work started in economic regeneration project through handicrafts, developing job opportunities in handicrafts manufacturing sector. The main objective of the project is enabling of the effected population to generate money for the physical rehabilitation at their own and to introduce the concept of developing friendly market instead of finding lacunae of aid.

 

NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION VOLUNTEER’S PROGRAM

                                               

Full attention was given to the youth of Muzaffarabad to enabling them to perform their role in management of disaster. Volunteer’s were recruited to perform different rescue and relief tasks, they were trained to conduct survey, assist in provision of medical treatment, to control and extinguish fire in camps, leadership training course was also arranged to make them deal with the situation effectively. The performance of volunteers was remarkable. These volunteers also started ruble-removing campaign under the banner of Kashmir Charitable Trust. The volunteers of National Student Federation gathered in Girls High School and started to remove ruble. Its objective was to encourage, the people of Muzaffarabad to work with their own hands.

 

COMPUTER LETRACY PROGRAME

The rate of unemployment in Azad Kashmir is 20 to 50percent and this is just due primarily to the lack of computer skills, so after completing the advance courses in this institute they can get good opportunities for jobs.

Kashmir Charitable Trust (KCT) would welcome any one who would be interested to participate in its activities to achieve its objectives, or make regular donations to carry out future projects.

 

AIMS

To provide the skills and training needed to enable the unemployed youth of Muzaffarabad to find suitable work.

OBJECTIVES

To establish a computer literacy center in Muzaffarabad for the effectives

To train young people in IT skills including Office tools, Computer Troubleshooting (Hardware & Software), Web Designing and Computer Language.

To assist trainees to look for jobs on completion of their training.

To establish software library, for the use of all IT users in the disaster area.

 

 

CONTEXT

The education system in AJK was very systematic, with a high literacy rate of 78%. The competition was very high as education was a high priority for parents. After the Earthquake, when Govt. transferred the majority of their education departments from Muzaffarabad to Islamabad, many of the poorer students, i.e. those who did not have the resources to travel or to pay for hostel accommodation in Islamabad, were forced to discontinue their studies. In the private sector there were seven institutes working before the Earthquake, five institutes were very demolished, the other two institutes has been  transferred to Islamabad     

 

METHODOLOGY                 

First, we will find and set up a suitable venue for the computer Institute. We will select a qualified trainer for the trainees. Within one month, we will train a maximum of 20 students in basic of computer skills – word, excel, internet, email. 

TIME LINE

                                                The Computer Institute will properly start training at 10th of May 2006.

 

INDICATORS

Before the Earthquake in the private sector, there were just seven institutes for Computer Training and one in the Govt. Sector after the Earthquake the Govt. has moved their institutes from Muzaffarabad to Islamabad, the five institutions from the private sector were demolished, the remaining two are also not functioning at the present time. There are currently no Computer Training institutes here in Muzaffarabad. We have many bright students with great potential, who want to continue their studies but they cannot afford the travel and housing costs. In the circumstances our institute will give them hope and the necessary skills to continue their education and find employment. We will train 20 students in basic computer skills within one month and after three months; they will be train as computer instructors. Our 20 students will then be in a good position to find suitable employment in this sector.

MONITORING

& EVALUATION      

A committee will be formed to conduct the monitoring and evaluation of

The NGO institute, its activities, and financial management.

The Project manager will report to this committee and will provide the monthly reports of Institute’s progress and activities.

 

 

REPORT

It will be the project manager’s responsibility at the end of month to give his monthly report to the Committee. In his report, he will give the following detail to Committee.

No. of students attending the class in the month?

No. of people (daily, weekly) visiting the Computer software Library?

No. of people visiting the computer library each day.

Identify additional training needs that could be met by the institute.

STUDENTS

OPINION                               

An evaluation form will record the following feedback from students:

Are your satisfied with your teacher?

Has the training helped you to get a suitable job? If not, then what was lacking?

How could the training, improved to give you better job opportunities

Is the computer library helping you? If not then mention, which software is still required in this library?

FUNDING       The establishment expenditure will provided by Kashmir Charitable Trust (UK).

 

Computers for the institute will provided by Council.

 

 

BUDGET                                        ESTABLISHMENT EXPENDITURE

 

ITEM NAME

QUANTITY

RATE

TOTAL

Computer Table

14

1500

21000

Computer Chair

20

1000

20000

Notice Board

1

1000

1000

White Board

1

1200

1200

Office Table

1

2000

2000

Office Chair

1

1700

1700

Wardrobe

1

3000

3000

Gust Chair

1 set

2500

2500

Electricity work

 

3000

3000

Stabilizer

1

7000

7000

Switch

10/100 Mbps

3000

3000

 

Building expenditure

 

60000

 

Total

 

125400

 

RUNING EXPENDITURES                        UTILITY BILLS

 

           

                       

UTILITY BILLS

 

 

3Months Total

6 Months Total

One years Total

Monthly Office Rent

7000

21000

42000

84000

Electricity

2000

6000

12000

24000

Water

200

600

1200

2400

Telophone

1000

3000

6000

12000

Internet Charges

4000

12000

24000

48000

 

 

 

STAFF SALARY

Senior Instructor

8000

24000

48000

96000

Instructor

4000

12000

24000

48000

Care Taker

2500

7500

15000

30000

Miscellanious Expenditure

3000

9000

18000

36000

 

 

 

 

 

Total Amount

31700

95100

190200

380400

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

 

 

 

COST SUMMARY

The period of the project is one year, and the total cost of the project is 505800 In Pakistani rupees.

SUSTAINBILITY

The range of this project is one year and at the end of this term, re-evaluation and need re assessment would be performed by the committee.

AKNOWLEDGEMENT

If we see the total amount for the secondary Schools in Muzaffarabad, then we came to know that this amount is 1318, 900, 000. The literacy rate of education in Muzaffarabad is 78% and the unemployment rate is 20 to50 percent, this is just because of that the all sectors (private and Govt.) looking to recruit staff, and the basic requirement is computer literacy. At the other side, that how many computer institutes from Govt. and private sectors are available in Muzaffarabad? Then we can find that there are hardly seven institutes from Private sector and one from Govt. sector. After the earthquake Govt. has transferred their institute from Muzaffarabad to Islamabad (Pakistan), and five institutes from private sectors were demolished, the remaining two are also not functioning now. We want to compete with modern worlds but the lake of latest education put us behind. This is due primarily to the lack of computer skills. Our institute will provide them basic skills, to the students and then they will be able to get some suitable jobs in any sectors. The institutes like can easily change the feature of the youth of Muzaffarabad.  

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