Pratham Infotech Foundation (PIF) aims to bridge the digital divide by facilitating the adoption of IT in education and equipping disadvantaged youth with skills & tools that the new global economy demands. Affiliated with Pratham, an NGO that works to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India, PIF runs IT based training, educational and community capacity building programs in underserved schools and communities. PIF is committed to ensuring e-education for all.
Main programs are:
(i) Computer Aided Learning (CAL) and Digital Literacy as Life Skill (DLLS) are PIF’s flagship programs. CAL aims to provide appropriate exposure to primary school children by simplifying understanding of new/difficult concepts through use of IT, whereas DLLS aims to instil in secondary school students the skills and abilities on effective use of IT tools in everyday life, including basic programming. PIF has developed educational content (workbooks, games, videos) and assessment criteria.
(ii) Learning Skill Development: The niche program focuses on ~1,200 secondary school students who are at high risk of academic failure with marks between 35-45%. The aim is to raise their academic performance in subjects like Mathematics, Science and English.
(i) India Digital Inclusion Program (IDI Program): Youth with limited education and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are covered by this program. The aim is to help them develop IT skills, improve interpersonal skills and gain professional development exposure. This impacts their ability to jumpstart careers in various sectors and find desired job opportunities. All centres have placement cells, ensuring adequate interview opportunities through placement agencies. Trainers are provided 2-3 days refresher courses every quarter. It is not uncommon for successful candidates of the IDI program to become PIF trainers in their communities.
(ii) Outreach & Awareness: Campaigns and workshops in schools, colleges and communities neighbouring the digital centres on digital writing, internet adoption, e-commerce, etc. are conducted. PIF also designs, develops, maintains and promotes localized online content for providing relevant information based on community priorities (Beehive Mumbai and Beehive Pune). They engage with community stakeholders in the process of online content creation and information dissemination.