Dhaka: For many people in the affluent world, using a computer is just an ordinary thing. But for a large section of population in Bangladesh capital, use of computers and particularly the internet, is still out of reach.

However, things are changing now for many underprivileged students in Dhaka since the launch of an institute which is dedicated to provide them with the means to learn the usage of computers.

The institute called "Computers Are Free for Everyone (CAFFE)” is providing free computer education to people from less affluent section of Dhaka, a news agency reported.

"We started CAFFE with the mission of providing the very best opportunities to underprivileged students in Bangladesh," said Luke Doyle, founder and chairman of the institute.

Doyle established the institute in 2011 with financial support from some Bangladeshis living in China. The institute, which started with only 12 students, is now offering free computer education to some 200 students.

"Original funding actually came from China from a group of Bangladeshi parents in Shanghai. They helped us get started. Without them, it would be very difficult for us to put up the school," Doyle said.

Jahangir Alam, who now teaches computer technology as a part-time teacher in CAFFE, was the first graduate of the institute.

"I've learnt so many things here. I learnt Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point, Adobe Photoshop and various programming techniques here," Alam said.

CAFFE is planning to set up branches in several regions across Bangladesh.

"Our ultimate dream is probably still a long way. But our long-term objective is to be a fully digital school," Doyle said.


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