Logistics & Programming - Chris
The seed of SPI’s computer program was planted in the summer of 2016 when a Syrian volunteer with a professional IT background asked if we could start a program for kids, which seemed like an excellent idea. We first received a donation of six new laptops at the end of the summer and began enrichment the coming fall. Since then, our collection has grown to 10 laptops and seven desktops.
“The heart of the program is the belief that computer literacy is fundamental for the success of the next generation—for school, for work, for connection and communication.”
There were two sections for the youth computer program, each meeting once a week. The enrichment program will continue into 2018. So far we have a list of over a dozen kids who wish to join, so we are hoping to open a third section in the near future.
Volunteer Thought & Perspective - Alaa
“That’s why I dedicated my time to educate these kids because they deserve a better life and a brighter future.”
We have a competition at the end of each lesson so before our social meeting they have to do their best to be one of the two winners! The winner is my assistant and the next week the second one will be my assistant. These positions are a very good catalyzer to motivate them! By the end of the course, which lasted for around 3 months the kids could build proficiency in typing. They transformed from 3-6 WPM to 20-30 WPM, which is very close to the average number for teenagers (25-30 WPM).