We are excited to share with you our progress at Kenya Connect’s computer Learning Resource Center as we provide 21st century skills; training students and teachers alike in computer literacy. We opened the doors of the LRC to the public in late November 2012, and our first class of 35 students was from Wamunyu ABC Primary School. It is the nearest school to the LRC and after 15 minute walk, the students sit down for a one hour lesson. The students come twice per week and start at 3.30 p.m. after their normal school day ends.
At the same time we enrolled a class of 35 teachers drawn from different schools in our operational area. They have been attending 2 hour sessions once a week starting at 2.00 p.m. Also since the opening of the LRC, we have provided a slightly different model of instruction to the wider community. Since November, over 200 students from three different schools have visited the center for a daylong tour where they get some basic training on computers. As you can imagine, they are not the same children at the end of that day having for the first time put their hands on a key board and been taught the power of the digital world.
The classes are now graduating and we are about to enroll another set of students and teachers. We as teachers have learned much in the first round of classes. As the instruction evolves one thing we do know with great certainty is that after these classes, the students have a different expectation for their future. Even if it happens slowly, we know we will train all our enrolled schools for we believe that education is power and the community of Wamunyu deserves this opportunity. Indeed to echo the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Special thanks to all our donors for making this great transformation happen!
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