Â I really have a great opportunity here in Sokode to be meeting so many people who are excited to learn about computers and technology.Â I have been working with my counterpart’s computer training center to write a business plan so he can apply for a loan to update his equipment.Â We also hope to assemble a trade association of “informaticiens” – more on this as it evolves.
Â I am most excited about my work with the schools.Â I am working with 2 Lycees (High Schools), one private and one public, to teach and improve the use of computers as a tool in education.Â The public school is a “technical school”, where they teach trade skills such as masonry and auto mechanics.Â My first year here I will be training the trainers, that is teaching a small group of teachers a deep enough understanding of computers that they will be able to teach to larger groups and to their students.Â
Â The private school had the benefit of working with a previous Peace Corps Volunteer, and already has a trained staff.Â I will be working with this school to improve the level of computer use, and through clubs and programming courses, take them above basic knowledge of typing to understanding how the computer is a useful tool.
Â Additionally, work with small businesses, NGOs, and english classes are keeping me busy.Â
Â How you can help:
-Are you familiar with software used in any of the following fields: woodworking or carpentry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, architecture, masonry, mechanics, floor plan drawings. If so can you send me recommendations, links, or legal copies?
Â - If you have taught a programming course, do you have advice on how to introduce the subject and motivate students?
-Â Do you have any materials for any of the above in French?