Further to its commitment towards boosting participation and providing accessibility for inclusion of Persons with disability, in collaboration with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), formerly known as Department for International Development - GOV.UK, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has launched 'Disability Sensitization EModules' - Eight eLearning modules focused on sensitization towards people with disabilities,
"The prevalence of disability is estimated to be 2.2% of the population in India, according to a survey by National Statistical Office (NSO). It is therefore imperative to design policies and development programmes that provide specially-abled persons with equal opportunities, enabling them to earn a livelihood and lead a life of dignity,” said NSDC MD & CEO Dr. Manish Kumar at the launch.
“I thank FCDO for being a part of NSDC’s vision of providing specially-abled persons with the right skills, and enabling them to be a part of India’s economic growth. In my view, our empanelled trainers and partners together with the youth enrolled on NSDC’s eSkill India portal, and network organisations will benefit from these e-modules. These modules will further strengthen our sensitization efforts and help create a learning environment which responds to the needs of specially-abled persons," added Dr. Kumar.
NSDC is affirming its commitment towards people with disabilities through its digital skilling platform eskill India, which enables the creation of a skilling ecosystem and society at large, that is inclusive of people with disabilities. The eight elearning modules have been designed to empower practitioners in management, teaching, training, assessing, support roles as well as employers, health care professionals, co-workers, co-students, and organizational leaders who work with people with disabilities. The modules have been developed by UK’s National Star Foundation, a college having 50 years of experience in the disability space.
The course content is based on DRILL (Discover, Reflect, Investigate, Learn, Learn more) and facilitates the learners to gain knowledge through interactive and accessible content. The eight modules are divided as: three foundation courses, three applied courses and two specialist courses. Each course is followed by final assessment and certification.
“These modules will now be made available to NSDC’s 11,000 empanelled training partners, in addition to the million youth who are enrolled on the NSDC’s e-Skill India portal, and to the network organizations of Skill Council for Persons with Disabilities (employers and trainers),” stated a press release.
“Inclusion is not an add on. It must be a default and integral part- this philosophy is in FCDO’s DNA. We welcome the digital initiatives in the time of the pandemic which can be made accessible to number of stakeholders who work with the differently abled. We should identify and focus on talents and skillsets of differently abled and assist them to shape their careers matching with their abilities,” shared Mr. Gavin McGillivray, Minister Counsellor Development, FCDO, British High Commission.
This initiative comes as a welcome change as inclusion efforts gain momentum across the country, especially as the evolving workplace construct makes way for people with disabilities to access more opportunities under the remote work or hybrid work arrangement. Enhancing the skills and capabilities of this diverse segment will contribute significantly to not just their economic growth but will also enable organizations to tap into a larger pool of skilled talent.