Everyone’s hope in the current life is to become computer literate, as the global world keeps moving on the fast lane on matters to do with technological advancement. This was evident among young members of the Uweza Journalism Club as each one sat in front of a laptop computer last Sunday at Lit World computer laboratory in Kibera slums.
With eight laptop computers in front of them, all seemed eager and ready to learn as much as they could. Being their first formal computer class, I did some introductions of computer basics. Some of the sentiments from the members were that life has become better and one can easily communicate through the computer with friend globally, unlike in the years back when letters were the order of the day.
“Not so bad” I thought to myself how information is power with the sentiments coming from young members of the journalism club.
According to statistics from Lit World, a non-profit organization in the United States (http://litworld.org/about/ ), globally at least 793 million people remain illiterate. Two-thirds of them are women. All over the world, children are hungry for learning and for the power it brings. Research shows that children learn to read and write best by writing and telling the stories of their own experiences. Yet it is rare to find safe spaces where children feel fully comfortable to do so.
Our partnership with Lit World is a great step in empowering the community through our youngsters that one day, they will be computer gurus and able to drive the economy of our country to greater height. The partnership allows members of the Journalism Club to freely use their computer lab every Sunday between 11am to 12.30pm.
To sum it up, literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. The right to read and write is a fundamental human right and belongs to all people.