What was the first thing you searched on Google?
Before I was able to start a business class, I had to train at least one mother to be able to use the computer and Internet. One of the mothers was very keen on learning how to use Internet to open an email account and Facebook account for herself.
But what do you think was the most interesting about the IT lesson? Using the google search! Why?
Let’s try to imagine that it is your first ever chance to use Google and ask Google for anything that came to your mind. What would it be? Maybe some gossip about your favourite celebrity or new receipt? Imagine being Martha, my IT student, who had the unique chance to ask Google a question. What do you think it was?
Her first question was: “When are the presidential elections are held in Peru?” Wow, I was so amazed! Did not expect that she would really be interested in elections. Then, I asked her what else she wanted to know. She typed something very interesting to me: ZIKA. Hmm, even she already knew that she need to be careful about the new type of illness and protect her kids. I asked her how she knew all of the news, and she said that she watches the TV to see the news. That’s the only way how she can be informed at the moment. I am happy that she knows how to use the internet now and can use it as another form of getting information!
However, the biggest surprise from her I got month later. She messaged me from her Facebook account as she finally used her husband phone to access her Facebook and email. And guess what she wrote to me? “Do not be late for the tomorrow class, I will be on time!!!” So from now, I will definitely not be late as normal Peruvian people.
I love teaching the IT classes not only because it gives a new way for the mothers to get information, but also because I will be able to stay in touch with them when I leave Peru.
Written by Marketa Smitova