Teachers at Loibor Siret Primary Schools have started teaching their students how to use the laptop computer that was donated to the school through APW’ s connections with the National Geographic Big Cat Initiative.
Until a few weeks ago, the computer had never been used by anyone at the school. Our environmental education intern, Talia Calnek-Sugin worked on the curriculum for the lessons over the course of six weeks. Talia started teaching the teachers in the middle of July and started teaching the students shortly after. The teachers have now started teaching the many students at the primary school. This is the only computer at a government school in the region and for many, the only computer they will ever see.
We are so pleased that the children will finally reap the benefits of the computer and the many possibilities it can provide. These children will have a great advantage over many children in the area, as most would probably never have access to a computer, even after matriculating to secondary school.
Some of the computer lessons include detailed instructions with graphs and pictures to aid in visual communication. The comprehensive curriculum ranges from a lesson on turning the computer on and off, to doing a variety of tasks and projects on Microsoft Word. The computer will be used primarily by the teachers but the students will have access to it with special supervision and permission. We hope that as the students and teachers become more familiar with the computer works, it will be a useful tool in helping to provide information and further education in the area and the village of Loibor Siret.