How Purpose Drives SAP Employees towards Global Goals & UNSDGs: Quality Education and Decent Work & Economic Growth
Head CSR, APJ & India, SAP, Purpose-led Impact for SAP & SAP Entities; Social Entrepreneurship , Digital Inclusion Purpose & need to impart digital education among disadvantaged youth & adolescents
Digital Inclusion & Literacy to drive Digital India: With 45% of the world population equipped with internet access and 95% having cell phone coverage, India is still massively lagging behind in digital literacy. There is an alarming 90% of Indian population have no idea what digital literacy is! In this competitive era of clicks and instant information, the lack of digital literacy & digital inclusion, which is not just restricted rural regions, but also in urban India as well, the goals of SAP CSR initiative – Code Unnati – and employee volunteering is predominantly to bridge the huge gap. The world is going digital and digital literacy is almost just as important as literacy to survive and do something meaningful these days. For Digital India, our initiative fosters inclusion, propel better digital infrastructure, and impart digital inclusion among citizens.
Drive Economic Growth & Digital Inclusion: According to Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE),there are currently nearly 31 million individuals looking for jobs in India. Job seekers lack right employable skills for better success at employment. At SAP, the focus is on identifying the root cause of lack of employability and working on finding robust solutions. Code Unnati is aimed at educating the youth, urban slums, and the differently-abled to build a digitally empowered community, instill digital literacy, and create employment opportunities. Digital education has enormous power for employment creation, leading to economic growth
How Code Unnati is fostering Digital India Vision & skilled employee volunteering propel the purpose
While empowering rural citizens & students with digital literacy, Code Unnati took another huge step by extending its outreach & support to underprivileged youth & children in urban slum cluster, with the launch of training centers in Dharavi, Mumbai
SAP acknowledges how disturbing the statistics are for digital inclusion in India, and launched Code Unnati in June 2017 with a vision to educate underprivileged children, adolescents, and youth, to foster digital inclusion & propel economic development for citizens.
Code Unnati Youth Centres were inaugurated in Dharavi, Mumbai on 18th May, 2018. The event aimed to competency development for future generation with skills that would be very effective in real world to be employed. Lack of digital literacy is just as crippling for today’s youth as not knowing how to read or write. As a technology through leader, SAP supports government’s Digital India campaign and commits to impart quality IT education to youth.
Employees Contributing to the higher purpose – Helping students navigate the digital world
Code Unnati Center at Dharavi witnessed a wave of joy and excitement, when underprivileged kids got the opportunity to learn computer programming and coding from SAP Employees.
Around 37 employees from Enterprise Key team of SAP Indian Subcontinet, first learnt the SCRATCH and then taught the same to 30 students enrolled in the Dharavi Youth Center.
Partnered with HOPE Foundation, SAP volunteers have been enabling digitization in rural areas like Bharatpur and Talasari till now, and this new venture in Mumbai is sure to change the face of digital literacy or the lack of it as prevalent in today’s society.