The Computer School, located in Narasaraopet, was one of Leena’s first ventures into education. It has been operating for about 20 years, providing free computer training to young people to help them develop job skills. Initially, only male students were enrolled. But Leena has a desire to equip and empower young people and to help break down barriers that divide people of different classes and religions. Today enrollment includes men and women; Hindus, Muslims and Christians; and young people from both town and rural villages. Some young people travel great distances to attend.
Each class of 20 – 40 students is a six-month program teaching computer applications such as accounting packages, website design, Photoshop, etc. and basic computer languages. Some students take these classes to supplement their college education while others take the course to enable them to find a job. The school has a good reputation, with each student’s job placement tracked in a ledger.
Financial support is needed to provide:
- Salaries for 2 full-time teachers.
- Computer repairs and software costs
- Paper and other office supplies
- Phone, internet, electricity and other utilities