To capacitate local community members, Wireless for Communities strengthens grassroots expertise by training community members in basic wireless technology, enabling these trained individuals — whom we call ‘Barefoot Engineers’ — not only to run and manage these networks but to also impart their skills to others in a sort of multiplier effect. These wireless network trainings take place at the W4C regional centre in Guna, Madhya Pradesh.
In the last few years, more than 30 Barefoot Engineers have received training at this centre, which has also organised various certificate courses for interested candidates. Besides this, the W4C regional centre has provided training in managing and operating wireless networks to over 150 local youth in remote locations of India. These individuals are now stationed across the country to ensure smooth and seamless access to connectivity for rural and marginalised communities of India.
Wireless Training Module: This module aims to provide a detailed understanding of wireless network standards, network topologies & infrastructure, wireless component, radio physics, radio links, radio device configuration, transport layer, troubleshooting; and IEEE & its working group, among other topics. The IEEE reading material package can be downloaded here.
Other courses offered at the training centre include:
- Certificate Course on Fundamentals of Internet: This training manual introduces the trainee to understanding the basics of the Internet; Web browsing; search engines; and on-line communication media. Through this compressive guide, beginners can understand how the Internet works and become comfortable in using the Internet.
- Refresher Course on Using Internet Effectively: The short course on Internet literacy is for anyone who knows the basics of Internet, has used a browser before for searching content online and has an active email account. The tutorial introduces more advanced topics like effective Internet search; online security; and social, ethical and legal implications of using the Internet.
- Intermediate Computer Literacy: This course has been designed for those individuals who have some experience in using computers and dealing with Microsoft Office. This tutorial provides advanced skills in using Word and preparing spreadsheets or presentations.
- Certificate Programme for Digital Content Writing: This programme has been designed for rural youth interested in online content creation and management jobs in various sectors like information technology, software, digital services, entertainment, travel, tourism, marketing and advertising.