Today I would like to share with you regarding our computer center. Last month, a few of our children celebrated Teacher’s Day in our computer center. The name of our teacher is Aarav*. He is very willing to serve the children, so the children decided to surprise Aarav. I am very glad that the children are doing so well with their computer courses.
I also would like to share about Arjun*. He is a young man studying in 7th grade. He lives with his parents beside the railway track. His family is very poor. A few months ago, he joined our computer center. It’s good that we are able to give him a computer education with minimum fees. The whole family is very happy about it. He has started learning MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
*For purposes of safety and wellbeing, these names are pseudonyms for individuals being helped by this project.
By having the computer center in our community, the villagers are very happy about it. Somnath* is a 6th grader and his parents are especially excited about it. He and his younger brother live in a combined family. His father is a rickshaw puller who works beside the railway slum. Somnath’s grandfather also pulls a rickshaw and also lives with their family. The father of the family was sharing with me that if we were not offering computer education to his children, then it would have been impossible for them to educate them with computer knowledge. The parents are very happy and grateful about it.
When Somnath came to our computer center, he knew nothing about computers. Now he knows all the names of the different parts of the computer and he can control the mouse with much better balance. He knows a little bit about MS Word and Paint. Somnath is developing as a student and he is very happy to be at our education center.
A girl named Abhati* also studies in the 6th grade. She comes from a very poor background. Her father is a day laborer and her mother is a housewife. Most of the time, Abhati’s mother suffers from illness. Her father struggles to support their family.
Abhati’s parents met with me and asked if we are teaching computer to many children. I answered, “Yes,” and they expressed their desire for their children to be educated in computer knowledge. I was very happy to let them know that GHNI is with them and ready to stand beside them. Now Abhati has been learning computer for one year. Now she knows the basics of computer, such as MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Paint. Her parents are very happy to see her development. They are grateful to GHNI and we are very grateful to you, our supporters.
*For purposes of safety and well-being, we have used pseudonyms for individuals being helped by this project.
The Jatapara community is doing well. This month we had a small parent meeting. In this, they were told about the courses and that they should send their children to school and encourage them to not be absent from classes.
"Their children are the future towards a better society. Education helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. Some debate over the subject of whether education is the only thing that gives knowledge. Some say education is the process of gaining information about the surrounding world while knowledge is something very different. They are right."
Now people are encouraged and they know why children should regularly go to school. We hope in the coming days that they follow what they have learned and that instead of children working, they will be in school.
Last year, we received much knowledge from Transformational Community Development (TCD)lessons. Now we know the best way to lead a healthy life. Though we have knowledge, sometimes we fail to follow the lessons we learned, but we supported each other, we encouraged each other as a community, and we progressed quite well. We started our year with celebrating the New Year and took note to not forget about doing the things we learned from TCD lessons.
The computer center is also going on well. The children are now learning a school course. We have children from different grades from third grade to college level. One girl named Tanisha is very interested in learning computer applications. Now she is learning PowerPoint and Paint in our center. She is doing very good in her academics and computer courses.
We are working on new ideas as a community to lead better lives in the coming days, so that we can grow as well-educated and healthy people.
We are doing well in Hoogly Village. This month, we had a small party for the children as a refreshment program in our computer center. A girl named Tanisha (in pink), who is studying in grade three, is the only child in her family. Her father works as a day laborer and her mother is a housewife. In spite of financial difficulties, they want their daughter to be educated in computer knowledge. She is doing well, and now she has mastered the basic course. Moving forward, Tanisha is about to learn Microsoft Paint, PowerPoint, and Word.
Children wanted to celebrate a small party with computer teachers because they are learning well. In the party, they sang a few songs and had small refreshments. We teachers also supported this party because we wanted to improve relations between teachers and students, and it went well.
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