World Computer Literacy Day — 2nd December, 2022
Despite the fact that computers are now ubiquitous in our contemporary society, Computer Literacy Day serves as a reminder that everyone, even those who have difficulty embracing change, should have access to and understanding of computers.
Some facets of society continue to have restricted or no access to digital technologies even today. Computer Literacy Day is both a day to celebrate computers and a day to spread computer literacy throughout society. There is a digital divide in the globe because individuals who are computer literate have an advantage over those who are not. We have the chance to learn, express our opinions, and save a ton of information thanks to the digital world. Today’s world uses computers on a regular basis. They are an essential component of the majority of occupations and enable us to produce fantastic and novel things. And as Bill Gates, the brain behind Microsoft, says:
“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most powerful tool we’ve ever created. They are tools of communication, they are tools of creativity, and their user can shape them.”
Why is World Computer Literacy Day named so?
In 2001, the Indian Computer Society N.I.I.T. proclaimed the first World Computer Literacy Day. This holiday was established to mark the 20th anniversary of the company’s inception. They also discovered through research that there are more male computer users worldwide than female users. And so they used this aswell as the occasion to promote computer literacy, especially among women and children in India. In underprivileged regions around the world, they want to “promote awareness and digital literacy.
When is World Computer Literacy Day 2022?
World Computer Literacy Day is observed worldwide each year on December 2. The Indian IT company NIIT, which established this significant day, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2001 on this day. This year, the event takes place on Friday, December 2, 2022.
History of World Computer Literacy Day
The celebration of World Computer Literacy Day’s 20th anniversary was first started in India in 2001 by the Indian Society of NIIT. N.I.I.T, or National Institute of Information Technology, is a business that develops skills and talent. It was established in 1981 by Rajendra Singh Pawar and Vijay K. Thadani in Gurgaon, India. The business has grown to include more than 30 nations since its founding in 1981.
After learning that men make up the majority of computer users worldwide, the business created World Computer Literacy Day. In order to empower more women and children with computer literacy skills in India and throughout the rest of the world, N.I.T. took up the cause. The day has been commemorated annually since 2001.
This day also represents people’s motivation to become interested in and knowledgeable about how to use computers for their own gain. In an effort to expand job options for engineering graduates, NIIT developed the “Edgeineers” initiative in 2005 as part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the education sector.
The first computer
The Atanasoff-Berry computer, or ABC, was the first modern electronic digital computer. It was developed in 1942 at Iowa State College, now known as Iowa State University, by physics professor John Vincent Atanasoff and his doctoral student Clifford Berry. The ABC was an electrical computer with no CPU that used more than 300 vacuum tubes for digital computations such as binary mathematics and Boolean logic (it was not programmable). There were mechanical computer machines that could perform simple computations prior to ABC. Charles Babbage created the first mechanical computer, The Babbage Difference Engine, in 1822. ABC served as the foundation for the modern computer that we all use today.
The importance of World Computer Literacy Day
People highlight the relevance of computers in their daily lives on World Computer Literacy Day. We now live in a world where technology has entirely enslaved us. We rely on it to communicate, to find answers to our queries, to keep our businesses running smoothly, and to do a variety of other things.
Computer literacy refers to a person’s ability to use computers effectively. In today’s society, computer literacy may include the ability to use search engines, social networking platforms, and basic office software such as Microsoft Office. It is critical for people of all ages to have a thorough understanding of these strategies. Understanding computer programming and how computers work is defined as computer literacy. It is regarded as one of a today’s must-have skill. The Day helps to bridge the digital divide that exists in the globe today.
Computer Literacy Day is sometimes also known as Digital Literacy Day. Digital literacy is a set of abilities that enables people to produce, use, analyze, edit, and share digital information, products, and services. It entails utilizing modern information technologies to attain or maintain professional and personal objectives.
The day also serves as a reminder that many people still lack access to computers, typically due to issues such as poverty and underdevelopment. World Computer Literacy Day reminds us to open our hands in charity to provide access to others.
How to celebrate World Computer Literacy Day?
It is quite simple to observe World Computer Literacy Day. Take the time to learn more about computer literacy and its various areas. Encourage and educate those around you on the need of computer literacy. You can try to teach at least one impoverished student for free if you are a professional instructor. It’s a great day to finally start learning a new digital talent that you’ve been meaning to learn for a long time. Photoshop or Microsoft Excel? No worries. There are numerous tutorials on YouTube that will teach you everything you need to know about these tools for free. Another way to celebrate this day can be your donation to a charity to help the cause of computer literacy. You don’t necessarily have to donate the computer itself, just try looking for the old keyboard or computer mouse in the box in the closet for example. This will allow more individuals to have access to computers, internet, and the whole digital world.
Use the hashtag #WorldComputerLiteracyDay to share your thoughts and photos from the day on social media.
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