Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania

by Nehemiah Gateway USA
Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania
Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania
Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania
Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania
Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania
Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania
Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania
Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania
Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania
Computer Lab for Roma Children in Albania
Aferdita and Kasandra in the Computer Lab
Aferdita and Kasandra in the Computer Lab

Amarildo, a third grader at the Amaro Tan School in Pogradec, Albania, dreams of being a medical doctor when he grows up. He comes from a low-income Balkan Egyptian family. His entire family, including sisters Afërdita (7th grade), Kasandra (8th grade), parents, and grandfather, live in a 2-room house in Buçimas, Albania. His oldest sister emigrated to Turkey.

The family’s economic situation may not have provided the ideal basis for the children’s future, but this has not stopped them from dreaming. And they dream big. Amarildo wants to practice medicine, Afërdita wants to be a school teacher and Kasandra wants to be a nurse.

Now that the Computer Lab is up and running, they feel closer to their dreams. Amarildo is so happy about the Information Technology course he attends.  “It was a dream for me just to sit in front of a computer,” he says, “because I never had the chance before and my family can’t afford buying one for me.”

Afërdita and Kasandra have already learned how to use the mouse and the keyboard, and now enjoy surfing the internet, keeping in touch with the latest technological  developments which will help them in the future.

The use of technology has become very important to our students, and they greatly enjoy and benefit from it. Now they can use the Computer Lab for many different purposes. Grades 3 to 9  have twice-weekly classes to learn how to use the computers as well as working with basic programs. You can see their shining faces when they enter the Computer Lab. For them it is a dream come true.

We thank you for your generous contributions, which made this wonderful new resource a reality for the children of the Amaro Tan School. Your gift has connected them to the modern world, giving them the opportunity to dream bigger dreams and make them a reality.

We are closing this campaign, and warmly invite you to donate to a new project that will help Amaro Tan students like Amarildo and his sisters succeed in high school and beyond, realizing their dreams. You can learn more here.

Amarildo (3rd Grade) in Computer Lab
Amarildo (3rd Grade) in Computer Lab

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Students using the new computers
Students using the new computers

When the students at the Amaro Tan School in Pogradec returned from summer vacation on September 4, a brand-new classroom with 16 new computers was waiting for them.

“The new computers are fantastic!” says Francesko, a student in the 6th grade. “Now we have computers of a very good quality. Besides, there are UPS batteries which help us save our work when there is no electricity”, adds 9th grader Jorida.

In today’s world, computer literacy is not optional. It is required in school curriculum by the Albanian Ministry of Education for grades 6-9.  In addition to helping the school provide this required curriculum, the new computer lab will be used for afternoon classes for all grades, going far beyond the Ministry requirements. This will help to mitigate extremely limited access to computers outside of school for most students. 

“The students at Amaro Tan school love the new computer classroom,” says Vjola Dikellari, who teaches computer science at Amaro Tan. “Now it’s much bigger and comfortable. The old computers were not only out of date but also nonfunctional. With the new IT Lab the students can do research work. They will be able to get information, produce projects in PowerPoint and display them through the projector.”

By contributing to our campaign this summer, you helped provide a life-changing opportunity to these children. Thank you, wonderful donors!

Our campaign for a new laptop for Moza, who teaches at Amaro Tan, is still running on GlobalGiving. Please consider helping this blind English teacher get the tools she needs to be the best teacher she can be for her students!

 

All the best,

 

Sarah Pita

Development Director, Nehemiah Gateway USA

Learning to use the new computers
Learning to use the new computers
The new computer lab
The new computer lab
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Teachers Vangjush (English) and Bernard  (Grade 4)
Teachers Vangjush (English) and Bernard (Grade 4)

Dear Friends—

On September 4, the students at Amaro Tan School return from summer vacation. Thanks to your generosity, there will be a modern computer lab waiting for them when they get there. Since mid-August, the teachers and staff at Amaro Tan have been hard at work expanding and remodeling the classroom and putting in new desks and chairs. Due to the success of the campaign, we can purchase 16 new computers, instead of the 12 originally planned, so more students will be able to learn and work on projects at the same time. 

We can’t wait to see what the children think of this wonderful new resource. We’ll send you lots of pictures when we have them.

If you would like to be added to our email or mailing list, please contact me directly at sarah.pita@nehemiah-gateway.org.

 

Sarah Pita

 Development Director

Nehemiah Gateway USA

Check out our new campaign on Global Giving. Moza has been teaching English at Amaro Tan since 2014. She is blind, and needs an adaptive computer to write and plan her lessons.

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Nehemiah Gateway USA

Location: Boulder, CO - USA
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Sarah Pita
Boulder, CO United States

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