Today was the first day of computer classes for the primary school in Purushila. These students are in grades one thru 6. Each class has anywhere from 17-23 students. Each student gets to use a computer for him or herself. One student works at the computer that shows work on a projector to the rest of the class.
The computers are stored at the kindergarten in Purushila which is about a block away. I meet the first class of students at the gate of the kindergarten and we walk over together carrying the computers and other equipment necessary for the class. The primary school has a lovely computer classroom with tables, benches, electricity and a white board. The decorations in the room tell me that they are very interested in these classes.
In order to store computers at the primary school, a more secure location was needed. I suggested that they build a space inside the classroom where the computers could be locked away safely. You see in the pictures above that they have begun this process.
Our first class for each grade level focused on the simple things like letter location on the keyboard, capital and small letters, clicking, dragging, and just getting used to me and the class in general. The teachers were present with each class and were very helpful.
The plan is to work with the primary school children on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 til 12:00. There are five classes per day as there are 10 classes in the entire school. We have 35 minute classes, five minute change periods, fifteen minute set up and clean up times. For many of the students, this was the first time that they have used a computer.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012