Starting Chance changes lives through computer training

Starting Chance changes lives through computer training

We take computers for granted – in fact we wonder how we would ever cope without one. We use them at work, on the train, when we travel and at home. But for teachers in the Mfuleni township, they were unreachable and to be honest really scary. This was all to change with an amazing partnership with the University of Cape Town and Home Choice Development Trust and other special partners. In September 2015, we introduced teachers from our Starting Chance schools to lap tops for the very first time. In the beginning it was a  challenging time for them but with amazing patience and encouragement Kissmea Adams from GISADSC08433, began to coax them to relax and enjoy. For all of them it was a first – first time in a computer lab, first time with a lap top at their finger tips – first time hearing a mouse was not a scurrying little creature they liked to get rid of.  Soon, cheers of delight could be heard reverberating out of the room as they mastered typing a letter. The journey has been awesome and we now have teachers doing their own class registers, typing letters to parents, creating their own classroom aids. I think the teachers of the Starting Chance Schools will agree with Bill Gates:

“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.” Bill Gates

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