Enhancing Digital Skills and Addressing Learning Needs of South Asian Women in Edinburgh
Everything is online these days from social media to applying for jobs and benefits. NKS seeks to empower grass root South Asian women to access information and make informed choices about their socio-economic circumstances by enhancing their digital skills. NKS is providing them with digital literacy classes. Please contact us for more information or if you would like to join in the next lot of classes.
NKS seeks to build capacity and enhance skills of grass root South Asian women where they learn new ways of accessing information and services through digital participation. The aim is to enable women to adapt to e-learning and access a range of useful information in the long run as well as connect socially to others in their local communities. NKS works for South Asian women and families in an attempt to target disadvantaged hard to reach families and build their capacity to connect them to their local communities and to increase their employability chances. In the past, the organisation has run training sessions for women to learn basic computer skills, but have not gained much success due to low literacy level among grass root South Asian women. It emerged through informal feedback that specific strategies need to be devised that would combine literacy with computing skills.
The organisation conducted a research and devised a model in line with the needs of women. The model is now applied to help women enhance their digital skills. This, the organisation is doing by providing women with digital literacy opportunities in collaboration with Digital Skills Academy (DSA). The opportunities are in the form of sessions of planned programme that are based on the needs emerging from the research conducted by NKS to assess digital literacy and learning needs of South Asian women in Edinburgh.
The participants learn in small groups and also receive one to one support from bilingual support workers. The sessions are flexible and the day and time change according to the needs of women. There is one support worker with three women at a time. To begin with eight sessions of two hours are provided to each woman. The progress made by the participants is monitored and the content of the sessions is tailored according to individual needs. Once eight sessions are completed the participants are assessed for the next stage of learning.