Meet Urmila, a college student in Tikapur City, who often worried whether her farming family would have enough money to pay her school fees on time.
When she tried to find work to earn some extra money for her tuition, she realized that she lacked an important skill to getting a job – knowing how to use a computer.
Urmila is just one of many girls in Nepal who cannot afford vocational training like computer classes that are crucial to help them access better jobs. To help young people like Urmila learn basic computer skills, READ Nepal and Reach Out to Asia Foundation partnered together to provide free basic ICT programs to the community.
Urmila jumped at the chance to develop her computer skills and eagerly joined the program at the Tikapur READ Center. Filled with new hope and passion for learning, Urmila became one of the best trainees in her group and successfully completed the free 62 hours of Basic Computer and Internet Communication course. Now, Urmila knows how to use the internet, e-mail, Skype, Microsoft Office, and other tools.
Drawing on her new skills, Urmila quickly got a job at an offset press company as an administrative clerk. She now earns NPR 4,500/month (USD $45), which she uses to pay for her tuition fee and help with her family’s expenses as well.
"I am very thankful to Tikapur Community Library and the organizations supporting these ICT initiatives in the community. With the help of the community library my dream of learning computer skills has come true,” Urmila said.
Aside from ICT training that helps them become more competitive for jobs, villagers also visit READ Centers to use computers to stay in touch with relatives working abroad and access information.