STeP: Smile Twin E-Learning Programme

Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development any country. As the proportion of working age group of 15 -59 years will be increasing steadily in coming days, India has the advantage of demographic dividend. Harnessing the demographic dividend through appropriate skill development efforts would not only provide an impetus to developmental goal of bringing people living at periphery into center stage but also help in reducing the short fall of skilled man-power needed by the Industry.

In association with SMILE Foundation, Team Ganga has launched a skill development programme - "e - learning Project (STeP)" in Dundahera Gurugram in August 2018. It is an effort towards creating a pool of independent youth living with dignity from the underprivileged section through skill enhancement in tandem with market requirements. The project aims at preparing urban underprivileged (adolescent youths) with skills in English Proficiency, Basic Computer Education and Soft Skills for enhancing their prospects of employment in fast expanding sectors like retail outlets, hospitality and BPOs. Within a span of 8 months we have been substantially successful in establishing relationship with corporate and placing these youth in their workforce.

The unique characteristics of this project are:

Aims at providing employment to the under-privileged youth, and it does NOT aim at imparting just training

Its focus is on developing marketable skills in the youth, and on grooming them for getting entry level jobs in fast expanding sectors

It is a holistic program that is not just about teaching English and Computers, but is also about developing the participants' personalities, and making them aware of the potential industries in which they might take up jobs

The project also offers career counseling to students, to help them identify their interests, and understand themselves better.

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