ESHO COMPUTER SHIKHI- MANUAL
Esho Computer Shikhi, a unique computer learning manual
‘Esho Computer Shikhi’ is a manual that has been developed by the Computer Literacy Program (CLP) and Dnet to be used for providing basic computer, Internet and information technology training to underprivileged students in rural Bangladesh. In 2004, few Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) living in New Jersey, USA, initiated the Computer Literacy Program (CLP) with the mission of bridging the digital divide that exists between an underprivileged student in rural Bangladesh and a student from an affluent family in the nation’s capital, not to mention with a student from a developed country. CLP is achieving this mission by:
- Establishing Computer Literacy Centers (CLCs) to provide access to and promote usage of computers in education free of charge to students.
- Establishing Smart Class Rooms (SCRs) for multi-media instruction.
- Training teachers who in turn can teach students. Developing and adapting educational contents that complement and enhance the curricula that students follow.
- Providing access to Internet and World Wide Web where available.
- Providing help and support for maintaining and upgrading the computers and related resources.
With generous help and continuing support from mostly non-resident Bangladeshi donors and sponsors, the CLP has attained important milestones since inception in pursuit of its mission:
- Established 259 Computer Literacy Centers (CLCs) and 97 Associate CLCs in 56 of 64 districts of Bangladesh (over 1.5% of all schools in Bangladesh now have CLCs), each CLC consisting of a minimum of four computers, where students are receiving hands-on computer literacy training free of charge (70% of the CLCs are in rural areas).
- Trained over 700 teachers (16% female).
- Graduated over 110,000 students (49% female) from the computer literacy program.
- Established 156 Smart Class Rooms (SCRs) in different regions of the country (see map) to provide computer-aided quality education, each SCR consisting of a large screen television, one laptop, solar power system etc. Trained over 600 teachers (31% female) to run the SCRs; over 200,000 students received enhanced learning from Smart Class Rooms (see the location of the CLCs and SCRs in the map on the previous page).
CLC and ‘Esho Computer Shikhi’: The Computer Learning Center that CLP establishes in an educational institution is a computer lab equipped with a minimum of four computers, one printer, other accessories and requisite furniture; with Internet connection where available. The basic training includes making students familiar with the physical parts and operation of the computer, and teaching them how to use Microsoft Word, Excel spreadsheet, and Paint programs. Students in a batch of 8 to 12 receive hands-on training free of charge for one and a half hour a day, six times a week for four weeks. The picture on page 1 shows a typical CLC where students are busy at their computers under the supervision of an instructor. In consultation with prominent computer scientists and educators in Bangladesh an introductory computer training curriculum was developed and based on that curriculum a student’s manual, ‘Esho Computer Shikhi’ (Let Us Learn Computers) in Bengali was published in 2005. An updated and enlarged edition (2nd) was published in 2009 (see image of the cover page of this book in page 1; also an electronic copy is enclosed for your reference). Every student receives a copy of the manual at a nominal (deeply subsidized) cost for helping themselves to grip the understanding of the hands-on training they are receiving.
- Successful instruction and learning at the middle school scale level requires books that the students find attractive, in addition to being accurate, timely, and rich in content. It is all the more necessary for a rapidly changing field like computer and information technology.
- ‘Esho Computer Shikhi’ has a proven track record for being an effective manual for instruction and learning.
- The underprivileged students should be able to obtain the book at a subsidized cost that they can afford. Book rich in graphics, figures, pictures and diagrams printed on quality papers tends to be quite expensive and may not be affordable to underprivileged students. Commercial publishers may not be willing to spend as much in production, and if they do the cost will be prohibitively expensive for students. So, to provide up-to-date contents in an attractive, accurate, durable, and user friendly manual at an affordable cost to students, we are seeking funds for publication of the third, revised and enlarged edition of ‘Esho Computer Shikhi’.
Achieved : 10000 Copies
Target : 15000 Copies
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