We look towards issues concerning access to quality education, but also to ensure that every child has access to an education that is meaningful.
LSS works with School management committees to make them stronger and also bring awareness about SMCs among the villagers to increase its impact.
One of our core missions as an organization is spreading technological literacy in village areas. Larger towns and cities have computers and information centers, but thus far the villages where we work do not have them and that puts the villagers at a disadvantage in terms of jobs and educational prospects, as well as information needed for their livelihood, e.g. information on farming and animal husbandry.
We have established youth leadership and technology groups (YTLGs) in five villages to achieve the above mission. For each of these groups we have purchased a dedicated computer fo r each village. We are teaching the students to use various applications on the computer, including MS Word and Excel, and we are teaching them about what kinds of information can be found on the internet. By exposing the students to these applications during secondary school we hope to foster a comfort with the applications that will allow the students to use them in their school work and in applying for jobs, thus expanding their opportunities. We are working to start a virtuous cycle whereby students learn about computers and encounter more opportunities, and then teach some of their fellow villagers about computers, who then encounter more opportunities, etc. The mere act of bringing computers to the villages, where most people have not seen, let alone used, a computer is an important step, but we are working to insure that the use of computers takes hold in the rural areas where we work and that this use of computers can be used to improve the lives of the villagers.
We are also introducing a pilot village information center in Kukrella, which we view as a natural way to integrate the whole village into our computer program. The purpose of this center will be to provide a center for various types of literature on agriculture, government policy, etc.; to provide newspapers for people to read; and to allow for better usage of the computers we currently have for the YLTGs when the students are in school. The idea for this latter point is that the computers will be available for the wider village to use for job applications, school applications, looking up information, or whatever use for which they need it. We will be working to expand access to information through technology and traditional means. This combines one of our core missions of spreading technological literacy in village areas with the key goal of equalizing access to information and resources for villagers.