Catching up: Children in the margins of Digital India
CCDS’s 2019 research investigates the ICT access and competency of students from low-income and socially-marginalised backgrounds, revealing wide gaps in the ICT readiness of children already held back by poverty and social exclusion. The digital divide is one more barrier for disadvantaged children as they struggle to catch up in education, livelihoods, and social and democratic participation.
The research also explores the difference that ICT skills education at school can make, and the enablers and barriers faced by schools in providing training in ICTs.
Towards Digital Inclusion
With the internet becoming essential for education, communication, livelihoods and government services and entitlements, access to the internet is no longer a privilege or luxury. Those who do not have access to the internet (or have rudimentary or limited access) will fall further and further behind in the digital age.
The CCDS study examines the extent of digital inequality in a rapidly-expanding Indian metropolis and explores the barriers to internet access for the poor and marginalised.
News and information literacy for children
News and information literacy is an important part of digital equality, enabling children to make informed and responsible use of digital media. This series of videos explains the basics of news and the importance of independent and accurate media in a democracy. It helps children view the news media critically, sifting verified facts from rumour, misinformation and propaganda.
मीडिया मतलब क्या? | What does media mean?
As the title suggests, this video introduces children to the term “media”. It explains the meaning of the term, the purpose of media messages, and briefly touches upon how we should look at the media.
न्यूज़ मतलब क्या? | What is news?
This video attempts to draw children’s attention towards the news media. It explains what counts as news, the significance of news, and the difference between news stories and other stories. It highlights the essential characteristic of news – true, verifiable information – and the role of news media in society: to inform, help us form opinions, and participate in a democracy.
नागरिक से पत्रकार | From citizen to reporter
The primary purpose of this video is to convey to students that they are not very different from news reporters or journalists. Journalism is about telling stories and we are all storytellers. Just as we run back home to tell our parents what happened at school, a journalist takes his story to a newspaper or news channel to tell the public. The only difference is that a journalist cannot tell a story without checking its facts, and representing all sides. She cannot include her own opinions or biases in it.
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STORIES FROM THE MARGINS
CCDS conducts media literacy workshops that not only help socially-excluded urban communities understand and use the internet, but also represent their voice online by creating their own content.read more
In a pilot project aimed at addressing digital inequality in urban India, 1200 low-income and socially-excluded households in Phule Nagar, Pune, have free WiFi internet access. To overcome barriers of age, gender, education and ICT skills, a computer and internet...read more
At one of CCDS's research locations, Mahatma Phule Nagar in Bhosari, Pimpri-Chinchwad, a pilot project managed by Telxess and supported by Ford Foundation, provides free wifi to all residents for an 18-month period. Computer literacy classes are conducted throughout...read more