The SPES December Festive
ICT Message is imparted through the Joy depicted in some of the
photos from another of our Cyber Kids party held at our Vocational
and Multimedia Training Centre, for a group aged from 5 to 14.
These 16 captivating kids
are mostly from broken homes due to sad multiple reasons, but
luckily they find affection and camaraderie when they gather
regularly for meals organized by the family Cangy and other friendly
Companions of the Association Maison du Bonheur (the Association
of the House of Happiness) in Baie-du-Tombeau.
The SPES "icebreaker"
was "ice-creams" at initial introduction time of the
16 children, and Mrs. Cangy, their Good Fairy-like house-mother
and the SPES Teacher Trainers present at this end of the year
activity. (Imagine since 1997 the SPES Team has facilitated computer
fun learning basics to over 4,000 needy kids!)
While around at our multi-purpose
Round Table all kids were "crowned" and became "Computer
Queens and Kings" for the morning! The children rotated
from PC to Mac computer tables and learnt the marvels of computer
mouse-clicking and dragging. Amazingly, these usually turbulent
kids were fascinated and joined in text reading, colour image
interpretation, music and singing and enjoyed making designs.
Fun grimacing captured by
the virtual camera was another source of global laughing when
viewed instants later by the kids on a computer screen! Finally,
each kid was able to printout a Christmas/New Year card to send
to the person they love most...
A prayer of thanks
and Good Wishes before healthy refreshments and cakes made by
the SPES Patisserie/canteen.
These kids seemed to have
enjoyed most the remedial self-discovery multimedia program SPES designed, to instil self-esteem
and eagerness to learn. Therefore, the SPES Team of Teachers/Assessors
of International Vocational Qualifications level were not surprised
that on leaving all the kids asked SPES to start, as from January
2002, a special Fun-learning School, which is in fact our Multi-Literacy
Global Village Project.
Spatial Christmas Wish come true, seeing that Mauritius is developing
into a Cyber Island!
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