Around 400 blue collar workers attained proficiency in English and computer skills, the course was for 18 week which was taught by volunteer teachers at the workers accommodations under the support of a non-profit non-governmental organisation known as Smart Life.
The graduation ceremony was held on 13 February at the Indian Consulate auditorium in Dubai, the ceremony was accompanied by dance and song performances by the students.
Smart Life was established in 2009 and implements courses that are focused to improve the lives of the underprivileged segment of the society and the blue collar workforce whose income is less than Dh 2500. Around 5000 blue collar has been assisted and their skill were enhanced through Smart life.
Smart Life’s get SMART brand is targets on teaching the workers basic computer and English skills. The classes take place in the workers accommodation in Al Quoz or Muhaisnah
The courses provide four grade levels: Pre-Basic, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. The classes are scheduled on Friday for 90 minutes and the course last for 18 weeks. Intermediate and advanced student also get to attend computer training besides having the choice to attend classes specialise in engineering, electrical, mechanical and pluming jobs.
According to the founder of Smart Life – Vinod Mehra: The volunteers teaching at Smart Life are dedicated volunteers, they teach as per the planned syllabus and the text books. To this date around 5000 students had underwent courses at numerous branches of Smart Life along with get SMART. However there is requirement of more volunteers to help track the attendance, progress of our student and to inspire them further.
Jehangir Alam shares his success story that supported him in attaining and enhancing his quality of life. He further shares his work life story when he initially came to Dubai 2—8 he was a housekeeper who had an income of Dh690 a month. Three years ago he was introduced to Smart Life initiative. In the beginning Alam though this would just be a Basic English course but later he recognised that it is much more. After he completed his four grade levels he quickly got promoted to a better post of a senior supervisor with an income of Dh 3000 and Alam is now himself a volunteer at Smart Life.
Deputy General of Indian stated that Smart life aims to develop and bring out the best in blue collar worker. It further assist in finding talents and guides in enhancing them and which will bring in progress in their standard of life and attain their ambitions.
Programs at SMART LIFE ensure that their students walk away with thorough understanding of what they have learned and also an action plan for success. Smart Life has also helps in bridging the gap between a blue collar and a white collar.