Computer English Literacy

  • Education
  • Youth
  • Women & Gender
  • Technology
  • Albania
This project is led by Nicholas Moses, a Volunteer from Maryland

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The goal of the project is to create an English computer lab with functioning computers and software programs required by the Ministry of Education, easily accessible to girls. One of the main activities is buying materials, such as computers, mice, keyboards, tables, chairs, lights, and software programs required for the Annual Program of Technology. Additionally, we will paint walls, deliver and arrange tables and chairs, and install computers, software programs and English listening programs. We will also plan a computer lab opening ceremony. After the project is completed, presentations will be done in each classroom to explain what new programs exist and how they are beneficial and can be used. The technology instructor will incorporate software programs in classes with girls chosen as leaders accessing computers first. The three main objectives are to stock the new English computer lab, teach 75% more high school students to use software programs required by the Ministry of Education focusing on girls and to develop certain specific skills for the technology teacher. The community will contribute by cleaning, paying for tables, chairs, software and English programs, labor and time. The potential impact of the project is to encourage female high school students to advance in a school subject they have been previously excluded from. They will have prioritized access and experience with computers and gain invaluable skills to help them succeed in their careers. Additionally, the project impacts the female technology teacher and equips her with required materials and training to succeed.

The community has been involved in every moment of planning this project. Together, the school director, both my counterparts, the secretary and the technology instructor worked together to put together the required list of materials, the budget, schedule and from where to obtain materials. They worked with many community members to form the community contribution. The school director worked with the bashkia to guarantee a budget for IT future repairs. Both my counterparts found a computer store, created the budget, found companies who have the required software programs, identified who would install them and worked with community members to spread awareness of the project and rally support for it. They gathered lots of data for community contribution. The technology instructor created a list of software programs required by the Ministry of Education and agreed to dedicate extra time to spend in training both with these programs and on being open to the ideology of girls first: educating and prioritizing girls excelling in the classroom. The cleaning lady and students volunteered time to rearrange, paint and clean the room. The computer store technician will donate many items to make this project possible. He has agreed to deliver everything as well and take care of the gas charges. He will train the technology instructor on any programs she is unfamiliar with and install all the programs with her and my counterparts. The English teacher will work with an English teacher to successfully install the listening activities CD’s in all the computers.

This project is extremely sustainable. The school director has spoken to the bashkia about financing future computer repairs. They agreed to help with funds. They will also repaint the room in a couple of years. The computer store attendant has also offered his support to help with any future technical difficulties free of charge. The computer lab will be locked and has a very sturdy door with secure windows. The school has a new security guard who will be assisting to monitor any strange activity near the area.

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