When I Learned with That Children

Hi All, My name is Inayah Lie, you can call me Naya. I want to tell you about my volunteer teaching experience in ADOC Project in Inixindo.

I never expected that if I taught the children, it will gives a lot of lessons and wisdom for me. The children, they are students in SMP 216 terbuka (they learn lessons in SMP 216 building in the afternoon). So It was true as what people say, if we teach others, then the knowledge/skills that we have  would increase rather than decrease.

The main thing that I learned was how to teach the children properly. In teaching, we are required to be professional, communicative, informative, considerate, and could be the good facilitator who pay attention to who we teach, it’s also good if we searching first about their background, age, education, etc so we know how to communicate with them.

I’ve watched a good TV program about teacher/volunteer who teaches the rimland  children in Indonesia

That young teacher said something like this:
“If you can not be patient, better you don’t be a teacher”.

And to always be patient, that is the most hard obstacle for him (especially when he still fond a few student who answer a question/quiz about basic lessons wrongly).

In my humble opinion, I think his words were true. Moreover, when we teach the children who are still so young, innocent, naive, and always accept negative words from others wholeheartedly.  As a teacher, we shouldn’t lose our patience, and don’t give a label to the children/student with any negative things (stupid, rogue, not talented, lazy, etc).  And it’s not wise also if we kill their dreams by saying “It’s impossible”, “It doesn’t make sense”, “How can you live if you become….”etc .

Teaching taught me to be patient. To teach that children, I did my best to be patient and I tried  to be able to teach them properly and professionally. Lucky me, I didn’t have to try  so hard… Yes, it’s because the children are very bright. When teaching them, I was amazed. The children were someone who  need help in their financial (for school etc),  but willing to learn, and easy to understand. Even, there are some children who don’t  need to ask too many questions, they can directly do themselves step by step by about the lessons.

We learned quite a lot and intensive. From what I remember, I teached the basics of using GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), it is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

And we tried to create something simple but useful:

Changed photo’s background to other image/colors you want. I think if they are already advanced later, they would be able to replace his own passport photo’s background with the color they needed, so that they can save the cost of printing their passport photos.

At the same time, to the kids who have a lot to ask, it’s look like to be patient doesn’t  seem so difficult to me considering they ask because they want to know, have a desire to learn about what I teach. And they also reminded me to myself who like to ask many things too. What I want to say is they are still very young, and they are very bright!

Beside teachers must to be able to be patient and wise, I think the other important thing is teachers must be considerate and sensible.

Sensible to guessing the students who want to ask, sensible to whether the student understands what we say or still confuse, considerate to look at the capabilities and the potential of theirs students.

Sometimes, teachers more notice about their student abilities / strengths / potential / talent / intelligence than themselves. Because sometimes the student have difficulty seeing their potential maybe because it’s so very easy and natural for them to do it.

I sit in on presentation skills/public speaking class that trained by Mr. Didik, Inixindo Bandung Director. When I was in Junior High School and High School, we (the student) are already often to presented a topic that we are learning Even then,it’s still  a must for me to learning pesentation skills in the professional world. So, I welcome excitedly when there is a chance to sit in on presentation skills classes.

I really paid attention to how Mr. Didik and other friends in class spoke in front of the class, I also copied the presentation material, so I could to learn and practiced it again and again, even I remember, I also recorded Mr.Didik presentation so that I can repeated to listen it again at home.

When the time to presentated what I learn in front of Mr.Didik and others Inixindo’s instructors, I feel satisfied and grateful. Got praises and positive comments from professional practicion (Instructors) who alway lecturing in a class everyday, really make me happy, relieved, more confident to teach the children. Even I still remember until now I got an advice from Mr.Maul (Inixindo Jakarta Instructor), he said that’s no problem if I didn’t give to much hand gesture.

When teaching the children, of course we became close. I became friends with them on facebook too. Anga, Retno Dewi, Fantino et al, they are still there in my friends list. They often gave comment and like in my facebook. I’m sooo happy!! :D .

Even one of these children Retno Dewi who is accidentally the sister of my high school friends (aprilia.safitri.) add me into her sister. We are sibling now … hehe.

And guess what, I really happy when I see they uploaded the photos they made in training. Although their result image not so good yet (me too actually, I still learning too). But it shows that they proud with their creation, isn’t it? With that proud feeling, I hope they can always have confident to always learn and create something with their creativity.

All the lesson I got when I teach the children and when I worked at inixindo, I hope it can be a lesson that I always remember. The same thing I hope to the children that they can always remember all the good and the useful things from that traning: the lessons, their willing to learn, and the feeling  proud to show their creation to the world! Haha. Amen 0:)

The youngsters, the people called them “the next generation” need a place to learn, to open their eyes about the latest technology and various skills. It will really help them to see what they gonna do, what they can do in their future. The training that ADOC Project gives to many students, small business owners, government officials/civil servant, and the citizen/common people , to alleviate the technology gap, I think it’s very useful for them, it’s what they need, young people need. Hopefully, the training like this can continue exist, spread more widely, and be a place for young people and the general public to learn a variety of skills and technology.

Mexican Teenager “Imagination could fly away in ADOC center”

My name is Carlos Armando Olmos Lona, I am fourteen years old and I am on the third grade in Junior High in the community of Puentecillas, Guanajuato. 

I will begin by explaining which was the term when I attended the course given by ADOC 2.0: a digital learning center, focused in training, enabling and overcoming limitations.

It was a Tuesday 12th in November 2013 to December on the same year. When this began, all the students who arrived to the community center in Puentecillas where we had a space to listen and work with the course.

The computers, to my opinion, were excellent, because we never had any problems and it had all the necessary components to work such as hardware and software.

I consider this course very important and transcendental because we learned more about virtual elements, visible elements of the computer, for example we learned more about software to write or draw or to solve mathematical problems.

I really liked Fresh Paint, it is software with a lot of colors, shapes and sizes to draw and I was able to let my imagination fly away in a funny way and it was very simple.

All this information has been really helpful for me because now my teacher assigns activities and I can handle them more easily. Besides, it has allowed me to distinguish the elements of the computer. This course has also helped me to work collaboratively with my classmates, to help each other and to continue learning with a digitalized environment.

I would like to thank Mrs. Consuelo Canchola and the Dirección de Cultura de Guanajuato for having taught us throughout the Community Center in Puentecillas and thanks to the ADOC project.

MAB-ADOC Contact Center Training Program Brings Hope to Visually Impaired Young Adult

Mr. Syamil Ashar bin Nasarudin was born in January 1988 in Selangor, Malaysia. He is the second child in a seedling of seven. His father works as a night market trader and always struggles financially to raise all his 7 children.

Syamil was a premature baby. He had to be cared in an incubator before being allowed to be taken home. When Syamil was 7 years old, he started his primary education in a normal school. However, when he was a fourth grader (10 years old), Syamil was found that his vision had deteriorated and the doctors determined and certified him blind. He had to drop from the normal school and be transferred to the Princess Elizabeth Special Education School in order to continue his education. After finishing the fifth grade eduction, Syamil then went to St. Johns Institution, which was well known in Malaysia in personality development.

After complete the education at St. Johns Institution, Syamil was 18 years old and decided to seek for employment. He submitted numerous resumes to apply job position in government and private sectors. Most of the applications went to no end. Syamil almost believed that he would never be employed due to his blindness.

 

In December 2012, Syamil learned of the contract center training program to be conducted by the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) in collaboration with the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) in February 2013. He applied and became the first group of trainees in the program. Although Syamil was selected into the training program, he had mixed feeling and wondered if the program would succeed.

In the training center, Syamil learned about the concept of contact centers. He was introduced to a special operating software telephone interview system for the visually impaired (TISVI). The software enables the blind to operate the call center at par with the sighted colleagues. Besides learning to operate TISVI, soft skills such as communication in both Malay and English were also conducted in the program. After completing the first two months in the MAB training center, Syamil was sent to the live contact center in the Petaling Jaya Town Counsil to do his practical training for three months. Working as a contact center agent in the real world changed Syamil’s mind. It gave him a good chance to expose the reality of working for an organization.

After the practical training, the employee placement officers in MAB put a lot of efforts to find Syamil a position in a reputed company Tan Chong Motors and became the first trained blind to work in a contact center in Malaysia. Because Syamil’s successful story in employment, MAB is able to bring the other trained blinds under the same training program to find job opportunities.

Looking back to the path that was going through, Syamil agrees that the MAB-ADOC joint adventure has provided him opportunity to be trained with skills to work in the highly competitive world. With the decent salary, Syamil now can support himself and also support the family.a position in a reputed company Tan Chong Motors and became the first trained blind to work in a contact center in Malaysia. Because Syamil’s successful story in employment, MAB is able to bring the other trained blinds under the same training program to find job opportunities.