OUR GOAL: Building a computer smart generation for a technology reliant tomorrow
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Computer Literacy for Children
The wave of information technology has changed the way everything is done globally. Nigeria is not left behind, as it is getting increasingly important for everyone to have to have basic knowledge of computer and computer aided processes for employment, and even for higher learning.
The Aham Rochas Foundatin ICT Pop-up is a programme designed to train children on basic use of the computer system and other Information and Communication Tech. devices. It began in one of our IDP camp with our pioneer Aham Rochas Foundation Scholars. The progress our scholars have made after being reintegrated into other schools regarding computer science has made the ICT Pop-up all the more important.
A glimpse from ICT Pop-up 2018
Mode of Operation
The first phase of the program planning is the selection phase. This is where we seek out our target beneficiaries. Our volunteers search for schools that have ‘below par’ ICT training facilities and human resource, approach the school to discuss our ICT Pop-up intervention, and give a detailed report to the foundation accordingly. The foundation then uses this report to profile the school, grade their level of ICT compliance, in order to prepare a proper scheme for their ICT Pop-up.
Every school is on a different level of ICT compliance, and every student has a different knowledge base when it comes to computers. The scheme preparation phase makes use of data from the selection phase to properly design a scheme of work that would be useful to the students based on their perceived level of previous understanding, interest, and exposure. This is the major ingredient that makes the Aham Rochas Foundation ICT Pop-up so effective.
The scheme is then given to our volunteers to read through and pick areas of expertise, as they prepare to deliver the training.
At this point, all preparation has been made, the computers and other devices have been made available, the students/target beneficiaries have been made aware of the schedule, and the team is ready for the program.
Every scheme, no matter the target beneficiary, begins with the setup lesson. This means that the computer systems are brought in dismantled. The students are then given lessons on how to setup a computer workstation. They are thought with old desktop systems as well as modern computer desktops with inbuilt CPU and laptops as well.
The rest of the scheme is dependent on the perceived level of previous exposure detailed in the report from the selection phase.
Some of our beneficiaries are already in school while some are preparing to go to school. Either ways, the true test of knowledge is repetition, so we evaluate each student after the training, individually, to ascertain their level of comprehension, and the top students are always given prices. This is the most exciting part of the training, as we find that the students are often surprised at how much they understand after a day’s training on the computer system.
Beyond on-the-spot evaluation, we visit these sites at least once a year to track progress of the same students, and also to record any raise in the interest levels of other students who were not part of the program at the time. This gives us insight into the effectiveness of our methods and helps us plan for other ICT Pop-up programmes.