To expand its presence in the country Oracle in partnership with State Bank of India (SBI) have launched the ‘D-Change’ programme, an initiative which supports the Government’s “Skill India” and “Digital India” plan.
Under this initiative employees from both organizations, including senior leadership, “D-Change” will support education and learning, women’s empowerment and rural skills development in India. In addition, “D-Change” will merge SBI’s financial expertise and expansive reach with Oracle’s technology leadership to help local communities drive substantial change and develop a skilled economy.
Education & Learning:
Oracle and SBI volunteers will help enhance IT literacy among high school students, teachers and parents from over 100 SBI-supported government schools through an initiative called “Digital Kushalta ki Aur.” As the first project to be launched under “D-Change,” it will be initiated at Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya in Bengaluru and Mandal Parishad High School, Kondapur in Hyderabad on Aug 6, 2016.
Employee volunteers will help develop information and communication technology (ICT) skills, which can enhance their digital fluency. Select teachers will be part of the initiative for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) initiative in order to continually update their skills and knowledge. Additionally, parents of the student participants will attend specially designed sessions facilitated by students to acquire basic technology skills.
Oracle volunteers will also conduct regular educative sessions on emerging technologies like cloud, mobile, and security, in order to help improve the student’s IT knowledge and give them a competitive advantage as they enter the workforce.
“D-Change” aims to build awareness and promote financial literacy among girls and women, especially those that are underprivileged. Education sessions will be conducted across multiple locations with the help from SBI and Oracle employee volunteers.
Volunteers will come together to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the IT field. The education sessions will take place every April.
This initiative aims to mitigate the unemployment problems of rural youth in India. Oracle volunteers will conduct workshops for SBI Rural Self Employment Training Institute directors and faculty. Utilizing digital presentation skills will bring additional value to their existing Trainer’s Training Programme (TTP) on entrepreneurship development. SBI sponsors 116 Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs). RSETIs train unemployed youth to help them get employed with desired skill sets. RESTI faculty members train nearly 70,000 rural workers every year
Loïc Le Guisquet, President, EMEA and Asia Pacific, Oracle, added, “Through this program, we will leverage SBI’s financial expertise and expansive reach with Oracle’s technology expertise to bring about substantial change in the community and support the development of a skilled economy. We are bringing together a very large employee volunteer strength to make this vision a reality.”