The Telegraph
Saturday , May 10 , 2014
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Career push for Bokaro kids
- Local NGO runs five DLM centres to groom 75 children

Underprivileged children in Bokaro can now eye successful careers, thanks to Digital Literacy Mission (DLM), which started in Jamshedpur in 2011 and has now reached many districts across the state.

Bokaro now boasts of five DLM centres. Local NGO Neyyar Welfare Society is running the centres and has roped in teachers to groom children from poor families, most of whom go to state-run schools.

The DLM centres, which opened in March-end, have 75 students in the age group of six to 13 years. The NGO is looking for more children from the slums.

Nemat Neyyar Khan from Neyyar Welfare Society said the DLM model was already a hit in Bokaro.

“Networking for DLM is done through social media. Founder of the mission Mita Tarafder contacted us and told us about this unique venture that can transform lives of underprivileged children, who usually miss out on career-oriented education. So, we roped in tutors, who are paid Rs 1,000 a month,” he said, adding that they had rented five rooms for running the classes. Khan added that they were also planning to start computer literacy programmes for the children.

In 2011, Tarafder, a scientist at National Metallurgical Laboratory, had come up with the unique model of educating underprivileged children after school hours. The aim was to train children in areas like computer education that can help them get employment later on in life.

DLM also engages children in activities like yoga, dance, and music. As of now, DLM has seven centres in and around Jamshedpur, two in Bengal, five in Bokaro and one in Coimbatore.

“People keep approaching us to start DLM centres. For example, a team from Coimbatore got in touch with us. They were already teaching rag pickers and wanted to adopt a proper model. We also helped them in getting donors to fund the mission. We would like to reach out to as many children as possible,” said Tarafder.