Sketch created by Aryaloka students for animated movie
Aryaloka Education Society
Students at Aryaloka
Aryaloka Education Society (AES) is a registered charity, registered under the Foreign Currency Regulation Act (FCRA), based in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. AES works to transform the lives of young students by delivering Information Technology (IT) skills to students from the most disadvantage background (especially dalits) for more than 15 years. Every year more than 700 students (most aged 16 to 30) learn various IT skills from basic (computer typing, Microsoft Office, Internet) to high level courses like Tally accounting, Graphics design, Hardware networking, 2D Animation (producing cartoon films).
Short stories about two AES graduates, including Miss Hemlata and a young man (Mr. Ajay) can be read here,,on a blog of Young Indian Futures.
Aryaloka also leads workshops on topics including life coaching skills, communication, how to develop confidence, interview skills, and career guidance to help them to obtain IT jobs. They encourage students to join English speaking course, in order to help them live independently, with confidence and dignity. Without this training most students would have little chance to escape work as a labourer, involving grinding, dirty and sometimes dangerous manual work.
70 percent of the students are young women. In India, women face much discrimination, with little chance to steer their own lives. An IT training can open the door to many opportunities, including further academic education. In the past, of about 700 graduates, 25% have gone on to various kinds of IT jobs in and 65% to further education. The drop out rate is 10%.
A training scholarships costs IR13,600 (about A$280), for six months
This includes: 1. MS-CIT (Maharashtra state certificate in Information Technology) - MS office, Internet, English typing : IR 3600 2. Hardware networking or Tally accounting or Graphic design IR 5000 3. English speaking course IR 3000 4. Other workshops IR 2000
In January, 2017, AES received slightly over INR 700,000 (just over A$15,000) from BODHI Australia, for 50 training scholarships