Covid Pandemic has changed the world for many of us and Digital Inclusion has become an overnight priority. With schools being shut and classrooms moving to digital, the gap between thos who have access to digital and those who do not have only tells us part of this challenge. So many children that i personally know of have given up studying because they don't have either a smartphone or a laptop or a computer. Those who have also one of these also cannot afford data recharges needed every month to be able to access online education. While this is good news for entreprenuers and telco providers (they have an opportunity to bridget), this is certainly not an encouraging statistic for the nation where few million students complete education and enter the labor market every year.
It was with this thought in the background, when i came to know of the concept of Digital Daan, i reached out to Osama Manzar, Founder & Director of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to understand the initiative and learn more. Osama started DEF at a time when Digital had not yet arrived. His struggle for years at the beginning of his career, leadership in setting up digital initiatives for leading print media houses, experiences in social enterprise, entreprenuership, ability to innovate, experiment and create opportunities are a phenomenal account that one can listen and learn from.
Listen to this interesting Podcast (Listening Time: Approx 38 Mins) and yes, if you are a reader and listener of this Podcast, you can definitely action digital karma by offering some digital daan here.