Helping Students to Learn Computer Skills

Imagine a classroom of students learning how to use computers. For many school students around the world, this is something which is taken for granted. We are living in a digital age where children grow up with a greater knowledge of computers than their parents have, and kids as young as four or five often already know how to use ipads, tablets, laptops, smart phones…

For students at Shree Minnath Aadarsha Lower Secondary School in Lalitpur, however, learning how to use a computer is a real challenge. At this government-funded school, children don’t have access to computers at home, so their computer education starts and ends in their classes. Yet this school has only four PCs, which is not nearly enough for the classes of up to sixteen students. The computers are very old and running at a slow speed, and often break down completely. Students are therefore given no option but to share the computers in large groups, which means they spend most of their weekly one-hour class waiting for their turn.

Grade 8 students crowded around the only two working computers

Grade 8 students crowded around the two working computers

“Sometimes some of the students don’t have the chance to use the computer at all during the classes,” says school principal Kalpana Kyastha. “They feel very frustrated and it’s difficult for them to learn that way”.

Students Karuna, Rupa and Jyoti taking turns to use the computer

Students Karuna, Rupa and Jyoti taking turns to use the computer

Students at this school need to learn computer skills in order to have the chance of entering higher education or starting any job which would require them to use a computer. At the moment, this is almost impossible for them.

Manoj and Muna share another computer

Manoj and Muna share another computer

With the help of Anna Waters, an international volunteer from England, ECCA is launching a new project to support computer education for the students in this school. The project will raise funds which will be used to buy six new computers. With these additional computers, students will be able to work individually or in pairs, rather than in large groups, when they are studying I.T. We plan to raise $2000 in order to improve computer learning and support the children at this school to gain important skills for life and to have a brighter future. The fundraising for this project will run for ninety days on our GlobalGiving page, and we hope to smash the target by the end of this time.

Students with their teacher and principal, Kalpana Kyastha

Students with their teacher and principal, Kalpana Kyastha

Can you help us make a difference to these children’s futures? If so, don’t miss this opportunity to support our campaign!

To donate to the cause, please visit our GlobalGiving page.

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