Transition Year students impart computer skills to local seniors
IN the usual run of things the elders impart information and advice upon the younger generation, but the reverse was in evidence in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne over the past two months as students engaged with senior members of the local community to help them develop their internet skills.
According to PCD teacher Pádraig Ó Dubhaigh, it was decided last November to roll out the 121Digital programme in the school. The programme, which is co-ordinated nationally by Fintan Mulligan and in Corca Dhuibhne by Pádraig, is tailored to the needs of the individuals based on their level of computer knowledge.
Tutors, in this case Pobalscoil transition year students under the guidance of their mentor Pádraig, worked on-on-one with local people who wanted to to learn more about using their mobile phones, smart phones, tablets and laptops.
The free programme was broken up into several lessons and certificates were presented to those who completed the course which ended recently.
"In a nutshell, some of our Transition Year students volunteered to help the older generation to get to grips with their mobile phones and iPads," Pádraig said.
"We ran six one-hour sessions and it turned out to be a tremendous success, for all involved."
In fact the 121Digital initiative was so successful in Dingle that, according to Pádraig, there is already a waiting list for the next course, which is expected to take place later in 2014.