World Computer Literacy Day
In today’s generation computer plays a very important role. From solving a tiny mathematical problem to researching on world’s biggest issues, computer does everything. World Computer Literacy Day has been celebrated since 16 years now. In 2017, it will be the 17th year when worldwide computer literacy day will be celebrated. The day is specially declared and celebrated to encourage the importance of digitization in the world. As we have seen everything is done with computer only, it is important to literate people about computer and its uses. To celebrate that World Computer Literacy Day has been announced. Diverse countries celebrate the day in different ways.
World Computer Literacy Day is celebrated on 2nd December. It has started since 2001. During that period of time already the use of computer was accelerating across the globe. However not all the countries had same access to computer or internet! So it was needed to reduce the division or gap between the regions or countries that have computer literacy with the ones that haven’t. In the year 2001 looking at the computer literacy rates in different countries in the world, the day has been announced officially.
On this day many countries and the organisations or schools provide free computer courses and basic knowledge to make them literate about computer uses and such.
History and Story
During 20s when the country like Ireland has seen 76% of homes have computers, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia data showed 1%, 3% and 2% use of internet and computers respectively. The huge gap between Ireland and these three countries lead to the division of regions on the basis of computer literacy. Apart from these countries Kenya too has low rate of internet users, only 26% of the total population in the country. It is said to be increased from 10%. This digital divide has become a big constraint in job market in many developed economy.
Looking at such gaps and regional division between countries the World Computer Literacy Day has been launched. On this people from all over the world keen to provide computer knowledge in various ways to the people who are not familiar with the devices at all. Not only computers but also devices like Smartphone, Tablets and Laptops are considered under computer literacy.
What is Computer Literacy?
- By computer literacy it means that learning about computer and related devices. Computer is a device that requires programming language and command. It creates output after inserting the input through programming command into the computer system.
- Computer literacy is all about learning about these languages and applying to them to get the output. Computer programming language is a specialised language and people need to take courses on that. To use the device one has to learn about different programming languages of computer.
- Apart from programming languages, there is internet that one can use without any specific course. Many people, in today’s life, without taking any formal courses, are able to use internet and computers. They are partially computer literate as they have the knowledge but don’t have a formal degree.
- In developed nations such as United States, computer courses are being provided since kindergarten. As the country almost fully depends on digitization, use of computers or similar devices is must. On the other less developed nations or developing nations provide basic computer courses in school level but not as much as developed nations do.
Why is Computer Literacy important in today’s world?
Computer Literacy is very important in today’s world. It is inevitable to say that today’s generation is revolving around digital devices only. From kindle to software development, the entire mankind is standing on the technological infrastructure.
- There are many reasons why computer literacy is important in today’s world. As said in the previous section that many of the people can use computer and its basic functions without any degree, they can be called computer literate as well. But in broader sense, there is a difference between functional and literate.
- Considering an example, if a kid can write his name in his native language we cannot call him literate. We can only say he is functional, or he can manage to write his name. On the contrary a kid who attends school and learn step by step about the alphabets, grammar, making sentences can be called a literate kid.
- This difference can be shown in computer literacy as well. Having little knowledge about computer’s basic programming such as Microsoft Office or Internet Browsing does not make someone computer literate.
- In today’s world when everything is going digitized, it is important to have proper knowledge of computer and its knowledge. It not only helps the user to work faster but also helps one to work appropriately.
- Today people don’t watch news on TV they read online news while going to school, office or party. People don’t wait for ages to pay their utility bills; they tap on few buttons and pay through online portals. Kids these days don’t read story books, they read kindles, listen to audio books. All these are possible because of computer and technology.
- As far as the work field is concerned, any job from office assistant to Chief Executive Officer, a computer is must to monitor everything. Gone are those days when people use pile of paper and pen to record data, now they use diverse software, big data and such to save billions of data.
- Mobile phone, TV, camera, Smart watches, Wearable, Tablets, Laptops, and Palmtops and so on, to use all of these mentioned devices one has to be computer literate.
What is the Computer Literacy rate in India?
A developing nation like India where literacy rate is still quite low, the computer literacy rate is low as well. During 2000s, the rate was 6.15%. However the rate has accelerated and reached at 23.2% in the year 2014. According to the report of India – Social Consumption – Education Survey 2014, Round 71, the rate has reached from 15% in mid 20s to 23.2% in the year 2014.
It is said that computer literacy for any nation should be more than 35% in today’s world where use of technology is at high peak. India, on the contrary, has only 23.2% which is even lower compare to neighbour countries like Sri Lanka. According to the data, the rate of computer literacy in Sri Lanka in the year 2014-15 was 26.7% which is more than India.
Indian government has launched Digital India in the year 2014 under which most of the activities such as banking, paying utility bills, education and such will be done through digital mode only. Many of the sectors has followed digitization and converted their manual system to digital system. However the digital literacy among the senior people is recorded only 14.4% in the year 2017. Most of the senior people, from urban as well as rural, don’t have any idea what computer literacy is. As a whole around 85.6% people are yet to be computer literate in India (data collected from Economic Times).
How is it celebrated?
World Computer Literacy Day is celebrated in many countries in several ways. Most common way to celebrate the day is to provide computer knowledge to the people who are from backward communities or educationally weaker group. In 2014 a school in India has celebrated World Computer Literacy Week for 5 long days. In this week they have organised many activities for the school students. Starting from 1st standard they have engaged students of 12th standard to celebrate the week.
- On the first day of the celebration kids from 1st standard were asked to show their typing skill, 2nd standard students were asked to use MS-Paint, 3rd standard students were asked to use LOGO and finally 4th standard students were asked to use MS-word.
- On the 2nd Day, 5th standard students were asked to use MS-Power Point. 6th, 7th and 8th standard students were part of quiz contest related to internet browsing and networking.
- On the 3rd day a session on cloud computing was conducted for the senior students. On the 4th day 9th standard students were asked to work on Java programming.
- On the last day 10th, 11th and 12th standard students were asked to present lectures on various programming, java and cloud computing as well.
- NIIT, one of the leading computer education institutes in India has conducted a program during World Computer Literacy Day. They have given training on various programming language to 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th standard students free of cost.
These are some of the ways how the countries celebrate World Computer Literacy Day. There are many countries that celebrate the day in a different way. As far as the new ideas are concerned, a country like India where adult digital literacy rate is quite low can conduct computer literacy programs to make them aware of computer and its use. In grass root level institutions can start easy study material for them so that they can be familiar with digitization in India.
Use of computer and technology has now increased now and almost all the people are depending on technology only. Unfortunately many people don’t have any idea what digital literacy or computer literacy is. It is important for the people who know about it to teach rest of the world about the same. Educational institutions, computer centres and government of the nations should take initiative to provide knowledge and skill to the people who are not aware of computer use as well as to the people living in backward economy.
Quotes And Slogans
- Computers are smart, human is smarter. It is still the humans that are the biggest computer of all computers.
- Rise of Apple, Google and Facebook shows how computer and technology can solve many problems of people they face in their day-to-day life.
- A gamer has become a software engineer. The addiction of playing computer games makes the man a software engineer so that he could make more money by developing gaming software and can play all the time too.
- Computer industry is more fashionable than women’s fashion industry. It has more designs than any woman’s wardrobe.
- It is not about computer literacy but one nation should concentrate on human literacy. We can be computer literate but for that the computers have to be human literate first.
- Computer literacy does not mean knowing about various software and programs; it certainly leads to knowledge about how fluent one person can use a computer.
- The man who invented Airplane, Computer and Automobile is certainly an intelligent person. But it also shows how lazy the person is.
- We think brain can be binary, but it is holographic in every way.