Once returning home, our scholars teach their peers computer literacy, take the lead in group projects, and help teachers who lack computer training.
Computer access in Niger and Benin is limited, yet an expectation for university, and increasingly, for high school students. Most computer users rely on Internet Cafés, an expensive and inefficient way to learn. Most of our participants had never touched a computer prior to Expanding Lives.
Our goal is to get participants as familiar with computers as we can. They get e-mail and Skype accounts, practice typing, learn to research, and make presentations. Near the end of the training, the class intertwines with English and leadership courses, enabling the young women to present their analysis of a problem in Niger or Benin to an American audience.
Of course, they learn YouTube, social media safety, and fun things, too!