We believe we can make a significant (and quantifiable) difference here – and we’ve seen a great way of doing it. Captivating, through our partnership with Shamtse (our Qinghai registered charity partner) is working with three rural schools to pilot the CCAL program. Thanks to funding received from The Nanshan Challenge (a Shenzhen based fund-raising event organized by Claire Taylor and team), experts work with these schools to set-up and implement a computer learning program in the school. The great news is that this program is all about building intellectual capital. The Chinese government has made incredible investments of infrastructure in rural locations including, for remote schools, the supply of computers. This is a wonderful start, however, for many schools these computers sit under-utilized due to lack of understanding by local teachers – many of whom are themselves computer illiterate. The CCAL program exists to bridge this gap – set-up and establish the hardware, train the teachers, and progressively implement computer classes to the students.
Over the past several months, 120 brand new government supplied desktop computers have been installed and commissioned by our dedicated CCAL computer technician. Over 40 teachers from the three schools have been attending a series of classes on how to use and care for the computers, use computer software, and how to use computers in their daily class planning and learning. 60 highly interested students from the schools were then selected to attend a test class which learning to type and draw on the computers as well as searching for books and articles on the internet. The students are very passionate and excited about participating in the computer classes as they have never experienced this before. Already we can see motivation for learning increasing.
As we now enter a new school year in China, we look with interest to see how this initiative progresses through it’s first roll-out period. If successful, we will look to expand to other schools. We look forward to keeping you up to date with the progress of this program. Again, our thanks Claire Taylor and The Nanshan Challenge for funding this trial program period.