Students returned to school but continue to attend the CYDD on-line education programs which were developed during the pandemic.
Secondary school students attend online classes twice a week and are introduced to modern sciences with the Project “Pebblestones of Science”. Some of these young students live in small towns and remote villages. We supply them with notebook computers and also give them internet support so that all the children in a household can make use of technology taking turns.
Girls in high school also attend another online course and get acquainted with 21st century skills. We give them notebook computers and internet support when needed. Senior high school students attend special online courses to prepare them for university exams.
University students are given on-line English language courses by CYDD volunteers and some continue their mentorship program on-line.
Your contribution to our computer Project pool is as important as always.
The new school year started with face-to-face education but during the past two years due to the pandemic, education was on-line and we too developed on-line programs for our students and supplied them with technology as much as we could.
In the recent years we had started giving scholarships to disadvantaged girls from 5th grade in secondary school so that we could support them earlier on with online educational programs. This means we now have a new population of younger students with no access to technology.
This year we developed our two pilot projects of last year to support more students. "Pebble Stones of Science" project is for online educational support of girls from 5th to 8th grade and "Young Starfish-21st Century Skills" is for high school girls from 9th to 12th grade.
We will be accepting 500 girls from secondary school and 750 girls from high school to both of these programs this year. We had supplied notebook computers or tablets to girls following these pilot programs last year. But this year the number of students have tripled and we have to give computer and internet support to the new comers.
One notebook computer cost about 225$ and your valuable support to our computer pool is much needed. Thank you for your support.
Education suffered immensely in 2020-2021 due to lack of access to technology in disadvantaged communuties and with all our efforts, we could support only a fraction of our scholarship students with laptop and notebook computers to catch up with distance learning.
The pandemic on the other hand opened a new pathway for us and in the digital world distances disappeared. We created our own digital courses and could bring together students from far eastern towns with those in bigger western cities as long as they had access to internet and computers.
We started several pilot projects of online learning such as weekly seminars on 21st century skills for highschool students and English courses for university students.
During the new school year we plan to scale up these online projects and want more of our students to take part. In this respect we hope to purchase and distribute 2000 Hometech notebooks to highschool students and 1000 HP laptop computers to university students.
To reach our goals we need your support as always..Thank you for being with us..
At the beginning of the new school year, we asked our scholarship students how they would follow distance education and found out that 60% of them did not own tablets or computers. We immediately started our computer campaign and so far supplied 2000 tablets to our high school students and 500 laptop computers to our university students.
With the help of local sponsors, local SMS campaigns and donors like you supporting our project from abroad thru various platforms, we were able to reach out to many disadvantaged students in all parts of Turkey .
The photos are from Göle, Ardahan, a town on the far northeast of Turkey. Devoted Cydd volunteer from Ardahan delivered the tablets to students one by one in Göle, travelling in his own car in difficult winter conditions. These photos show the harsh reality of the east but many students living in the outskirts of big cities like Istanbul are in no better condition.
And we still have many more students waiting for their computers and depending on our support…We are glad to have you with us.
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