Finally we succeeded at getting our Internet connection set up for week 4 of training. It was a wonderful feeling to be at our own place, using our own equipment. Not only did it create a sense of pride for those who lead Fundatia Orizonturi but also for the training participants and even for other beneficiaries of the organization who are not involved with this particular project.
Our initial training plan proved to move a little too quickly for many participants in the first couple of weeks, so we slightly adjusted to focus on some of the more basics of computer use. Time will not be an issue as we still have the two month Practicum Period after the two month Technical Training to continue implementing the technical skills. Nevertheless, the training continues to demonstrate productive progress each week and quite honestly, we are surprised and pleased to see that the number of participants has not diminished. All trainees now have their own email accounts and know the basics of sending/receiving emails. Currently, individuals are in the process of creating their own blogs. The amount of enthusiasm that still exists has established an amazing atmosphere for everyone to work together. One woman proceeds to be in awe and inevitably thrilled to see her name on the computer screen.
Through a short survey, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback. Participants commented on appreciating the positive and open atmosphere that has been provided for them to learn. They have enjoyed the team approach and being able to get to know new people from their community. One trainee stated that they have been too busy learning to notice if there was anything that they did not enjoy. The concerns we did receive all dealt with the level of difficulty, such as technological terminology. As discussed before, we have already adjusted the training to a more appropriate learning curve. Additionally, we have implemented another day during the week that allows the participants to come to the club and practice what they have learned thus far. Hopefully, we will soon have some new participant blogs to display their progress.
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