Media Lab Asia is bringing vocational training programme at the doorsteps of the tribals of Maharastra (India).
The Media Labs Asia in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Vigyan Ashram and Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Pratishthan to train over 100 children of de-notified nomadic tribes in Maharashtra. Media Labs Asia looks at the application of Information Communication and Technology for the upliftment of the backward sections of the country. At the click of a button, the child sees in front of him a virtual market, where he transacts with virtual vendor to buy vegetables, or fruits against some amount of virtual money. This simple exercise teaches him basic arithmetic like substraction, addition etc. The Media Lab Asia uses local language in an interactive video and relevant animation to make children more interactive within their surroundings.