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India Code Week 2018: A Code Unnati initiative for upskilling youth with advanced coding skills to build future workforce

Digital literacy & inclusion is the cornerstone for Code Unnati program and we strive to impart IT skills to children, adolescents and youth across India.

India is one of the fastest growing economies and one of the youngest countries in the world with around 800 mn youth between 16- 36 yr age group. Yet only 10% population is digitally literate which poses a serious problem for the nation in today’s digital era. As per the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), nearly 31 million individuals looking for jobs in India but lack employable skills including basic computer skills.

Code Unnati has been driving Initiatives in a lifecycle-based approach (i.e. children, adolescents, youth and citizens) programs to impart digital literacy not only to socio-economically disadvantaged population of India, but also focuses on upskilling youth to generate employment opportunities for them within and outside the SAP ecosystem.

Thus, Code Unnati curated the India Code Week – an initiative to equip students with advanced coding skills & knowledge.

The India Code Week programs allow us to reach out to vast untapped student-communities and impart IT skills in an accelerated manner. Further it gives the flexibility to expand the training outreach to a vast geography where setting up permanent training infrastructure and engaging the teachers for a long term is difficult. Last year, India Code Week trained 50,500 students across 390 centers in the country.

This year, India Code Week aims to train 100,000 students on advanced digital & coding skills such as Scratch, HTML5, Programming Language, SNAP, etc.

Adopting the ‘train-the-trainer’ model gives us multiplier effect in teaching – i.e. training of master trainers, district level teachers and then computer instructors for the centers. Thus, these teachers will create an exponential training impact.

Phase 1 of India Code Week starts in September 2018 – where 25 master trainers will be trained which will notch up to 300 trainers in the coming months. In the next phase, 3000 computer instructors will be trained and by March 2019, they will actively engage in training 100,000 students. The success of India Code Week 2018 relies on collaborative efforts between SAP India & NPOs like Pratham InfoTech Foundation as the implementation partners for this program.

India Code Week is a way forward to fulfil SAP’s strategic imperative on delivering Intelligent Enterprise in India, with very specific focus on training human resources on next-gen technology competencies, and also help the SAP partner ecosystem with the availability of such skilled man power.