Advanced level IT training for the team of PRAGATI

The staff would like to be able to document their work in a more organized manner and enhance the quality of reports prepared.

Furthermore, an advanced computer training will enable PRAGATI to highlight its achievements and success and initiate dialogue for advocacy and lobbying for qualitative change.

In regard to Powerpoint, the team needs an intensive training to develop good presentations that they have to do to put forth to relevant stakeholders the activities they undertake, the success achieved and the challenges faced.

This will enable exchange of ideas and further enhance the work of PRAGATI.

The team will be able to showcase their activities and achievements in a better manner through improved PowerPoint presentations.

PRAGATI team also needs to enhance their capacity in Excel in order to better document their Word reports using graphs, etc, and therefore also learn more on maintenance of their Excel tables. The issues the team faces regarding the database use, maintenance and updating will be specifically covered by another mission to improve their database and learn how to use it in a proper way – see PF nb 2032.

The government is also introducing computers in the Local Self Governance project, so perfecting these skills has become important for the PRAGATI team.
They will further train their beneficiaries, the Panchayati Raj functionaries (local government officers), with these skills.
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Training PRAGATI staff to enhance their capacity with practical sessions on:
- general maintenance of a computer and file management,
- Word to do better reporting and gain time,
- Excel to learn about the software functions (formula, graph…) to include data in their Word report and maintenance of tables,
- PowerPoint to produce effective presentation. This training can be organised in pair.

The trainer(s) should keep in mind that PRAGATI staff will afterwards try to transfer this knowledge amongst their beneficiaries i.e. Panchayati Raj functionaries, who have basic knowledge in computer, and also promote e-governance. This will build the capacity of the local people who otherwise do not get any opportunity to enhance their skills.
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The volunteer(s) should have a good knowledge in IT and have experience as a trainer.

The volunteer(s) may start his/her/their training from 11:00 until 17:00 with one hour lunch break in between; from Monday to Friday. The mission site and stay of accommodation is within PRAGATI office Campus, so the volunteer(s) will not have to worry about his/her/their travel each day. All the meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening tea) will be provided in the mess (called the cooperative kitchen) within the office campus along with staff members. The mission can happen anytime of the year except during the festival of lights Diwali, in October.
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The training will be organized for the staffs of the organization.
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The mission is organized for the 15 staff of PRAGATI which is all women. They are between 20 and 40 years old.
- Ms. Damini Bhargav, MA Economics, Master Trainer (Gender Issues) ;
- Ms. Pushpa Bisht, MA (Sociology), Trainer (Livelihood) ;
- Ms. Rekha Dhyani, M.A Hindi, Writer (I.E.C Unit);
- Ms. Pratima, MA Sociology, Trainer (Education) ;
- Ms. Ranjana Sharma, M.A English, Trainer (Education);
- Ms. Mamta, BA LL.B (Bachelor Degree of laws), LLM (Master Degree in Laws), Legal Trainer, Education and, Social justice;
- Ms. Shweta Gulati, MA Economics, Reporting and Documentation;
- Ms. Dolly Joshi, BA.LLB, LLM (Human Rights), Legal Trainer;
- Kala Bharti, MA Sociology, Field Facilitator ;
- Pyardai, MA Sociology, Field Facilitator ;
- Guddi, B.A (Hindi Literature), Field Facilitator;
- Ms. Tabasum, field staff;
- Ms. Vijay Laxmi, field staff;
- Ms. Kala Bharti, field staff;
- Ms. Sharmila, field staff.
Almost all the participants hold Master’s degrees in their respective fields. They can read and speak in English. They have not received any training in the field of use of IT.
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PRAGATI was carved out of a renowned NGO ‘Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK)’ on 10th February 2000. It was founded by a group of passionate, dynamic women who operate the organization with belief in the Democratic Principle “By the women, for the women and of the women” to attain gender equity in local governance in the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Haryana. The organization comprises only women working for the upliftment of women. The management board also consists of women. These women are drawn from diverse fields and have a wide range of experiences in the fields of rural development, management, community mobilization, gender, law, governance, monitoring and evaluation. PRAGATI was created to achieve the Vision to build a gender just society and to accomplish the mission to enhance the status of women in social, economic and political spheres. PRAGATI focuses on providing a support system to deliver good governance and capacitate women - the need of the hour of rural, poverty ridden, unreached, vulnerable people. As a Resource Centre, building innovative strategies and practices to broaden the women political education, vision and skills through capacity building, advocacy & lobbying, trainings, exposure, networking with emphasis on exclusive training for women representatives is central to PRAGATI. Since its creation, PRAGATI has run more that 25 projects, such as: - Legal Awareness Camp to make women aware of their legal rights; - Women’s Empowerment Program through Self Help Groups; - Augmenting Gender Equity in Local Governance through Transformative Women’s Leadership and Citizenship; - Mobilization and formation of 180 SHGs. - Training of Trainers for Village Resource Management Committees. PRAGATI is involved in pre-, during- and post-election training of elected women functionaries of local self governance; and is in the second half of 2014, in the process to run four legal awareness programs. Lack of legal literacy is not just an impediment to individual dreams but to the effective functioning of the democracy. The issues of gender and poverty increase this problem manifold. In India’s context as the population nears the 1 billion mark and with issues of poverty and social inequities becoming larger, it is time to face the challenges. PRAGATI believes that legal literacy is the key to the all round development of the country. There is an emergent need to generate legal literacy amongst the masses especially amongst the disadvantaged sections of the society. Women, due to their low levels of literacy, are susceptible to injustices. With the aim to impart practical knowledge about the basic legal rights and remedies provided under various women-related laws, thereby making them fit to face the challenges in real life situations, the four legal awareness programs are ran by PRAGATI, with the support of National Commission for Women, in the districts of Haridwar (blocks Bahadrabad and Luxar) and Dehradun (blocks Raipur and Sahaspur) of Uttarakhand. In order to seek justice for all, safeguard rights and promote legal empowerment of the society there, emerges a need for making the local populace legally aware about their rights and entitlements. PRAGATI also acts as resource agency in various projects of RLEK. Via its activities PRAGATI supports approximately 6,500 women. These women are belonging to marginalized communities living below the poverty line, Self Help Groups women and elected women functionaries from entire state of Uttarakhand. PRAGATI’s activities are funded by different Ministries and Government departments such as Ministry of Minority Affairs, National Commission For Women etc. to name a few. PRAGATI works in the rural parts of India and concentrates its activities in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. PRAGATI employs 11 staff and gets support from 20 local volunteers. PRAGATI also has more than 40 interns coming each month from various universities of India and abroad. Their work is equivalent to 10 full time employees.
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PRAGATI’s vehicle will receive the volunteer(s) from Dehradun airport and bring him/her/them to the office campus where he/she/they will be staying in PRAGATI fully furnished guestrooms. It takes around 45 minutes from the Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport to accommodation site.
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The volunteer(s) have the possibility to stay in PRAGATI’s guestrooms. He/she/they will be provided with a separate room with A.C. and attached bathroom within the RLEK Campus. Each guestroom is modestly furnished with a double bed, a study table and a chair and T.V.
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The mission will be carried out in PRAGATI/ RLEK office campus., which, is fully equipped with all the facilities such as whiteboard, paperboard, computers with Wi-Fi connection, video projector etc. The volunteer(s) will be allowed to use all the above mentioned material, if he/she/they need any other assistance within PRAGATI’s capacity, it will be provided to the volunteer upon request. PRAGATI will hire 2 computers from outside and arrange rest of 13 computers from RLEK and State Resource Center for Adult Education, Uttarakhand. Windows 7, Windows XP Service pack 2 and 3 MS version are installed in the computers.
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