Kathmandu, Nov 11, 2014: NandaÂ KisorÂ Mandal, an activist for women empowerment has been working night and days to make his dream come true, to makeÂ Nepal aÂ digitally literate country.
He says â€œDevelopment is not possible unless and until each and every women are literateâ€
And he believes in doing this digitally.
â€¢Â About him
He is an MBA in HR fromÂ faculty of managementÂ studies, Banaras University.Â He is the Executive Director of WomenÂ DevelopmentÂ Advocacy Center.Â He has worked as business consultant, human resource manager, training manager. He believes in Multi Dimensional Development whichÂ should include each and everyÂ group of people.
â€¢Â WomenÂ Development AdvocacyÂ Center
WDACÂ has been doing several projects on empowering women especially women fromÂ Terai. InÂ TeraiÂ women are forced to be bound by the four walls of the kitchen while males go to town to work.Â He says â€œMales somehow get to knowÂ about theÂ world as they spend most of their time on town but on the other hand women detached from the world hardly get to know about outside.â€ WDACÂ mainly focuses on uplifting the status of women through education and technology. Their major priority is toÂ digitallyÂ link the urban resources with rural area in order to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas.
â€¢Â What is digitalÂ Sikshya?
Digital Sikshya is a program under WDAC (Women DevelopmentÂ Advocacy Nepal) to bridge the digital gap between urban and rural area in ICT prospect.Â It is mainly intended to provide digital education to women in rural areasÂ by the means of E-education.
â€¢Â Story behind Digital Sikshya
When IÂ used to study in India for my higher study, the only medium to get connectedÂ with my family was mobile phone and it was expensiveÂ than internet.Â I did have communication gap with my family. This gave me an inspiration to work in the field ofÂ digital education to makeÂ Nepalese people digitally literate.
â€¢Â Digital literacy to you
Digital literacy to me means basic computer knowledge andÂ basicÂ conceptÂ of ICT (Information Communication and Technology).
â€¢Â ProgramsÂ of Digital Sikshya so far
We have setup 4Â computer centers inÂ DhanusaÂ district, each center consist a cluster of 7-8 VDCs.Â Computer Association of Nepal is helping us to provide free internet to our computer centers .Presently we are giving basic computer trainings as well as English language classes toÂ B.EdÂ students (girls). We are giving scholarships to girls studying 1-5 classes.Â We are adopting the principle of decentralization of digitization through e-education, e-agriculture and e-health.
â€¢Â Future plan and programs of Digital Sikshya
We are planningÂ to extend our reach toÂ more rural district.
â€¢Â ThingÂ that you will never forget
I will never forget an incident about a girl during our first class inÂ Dhanusa. She was also fromÂ DhanusaÂ district. She had a brother who used to go to town for computerÂ training. She then asked her parents to let her join the class but her parents refused.She tried her best to convince them but she failed. After a year or so we opened our first computer center inÂ Dhanusa. She was there in our inauguration program. In that program she said that her dream to learn computer has finally come true. She then said I was like her parents. At that instant I felt proud of myself and my work. This is the incident I willÂ neverÂ forget.
â€¢Â Life to you
Life for me is an opportunityÂ to work for other.
â€¢Â Success to you
I believe success is determined by howÂ groundedÂ you are inÂ theÂ society.Â No matter how smallÂ worksÂ you do, if it makes other happyÂ andÂ bringÂ positive changeÂ in the societyÂ then you are successful person.
â€¢Â Message to youth
We should never stop pursuing our dreams.Â We should dream of bringing positiveÂ changeÂ to the nation.
Interview by: Suman Pandey