My name is Miriam Suma. My husband and I live in Morobe, Papua New Guinea. I am a nurse and my husband is a head teacher at the Taraka Primary School.
I have been trained as a nurse since 1975. To assist the doctors to examine Tuberculosis (TB), I also received training in using microscope. Therefore, I am a nurse and also a TB Microscopicist Specialist at the Angua Memorial Hospital. Part of my job responsibilities is to prepare reports with statistical results. But I did not know how to prepare a report electronically. It made my work harder because I could not keep the files and documents electronically. I thought that I was too old to learn how to use an advanced technology, such as a computer, or study an advanced degree. It was possible that I would live without using computers in the rest of my life.
One evening, my husband went home after work. As the head teacher at the Taraka Primary School, he was planning a one-week basic computer training course in the ADOC at Unitech for his teachers. My husband has knowledge and basic skills in computers. He asked me if I could be his substitute in the upcoming training course. I was so excited and willing to attend the course because it would be an opportunity to learn something new about computers!
On the first day of the course, everything was new to me. It was hard because we were learning the parts and the functions within a computer. Frankly speaking, the functions were complicated to me. But my instructor was nice and made me feel comfortable to use the machine.
In the one-week course, I have learnt the basic knowledge about a computer – the windows, the fundamentals of a desktop, the programs running in the computer, the files and folders, MS Word, how to insert pictures when I am editing a document, … etc. And I learnt how to use MS Excel to prepare for my statistical reports!!
I am thankful for having the opportunity to be trained in the APEC Digital Opportunity Center. I especially thanks to my husband, the head teacher at the Taraka Primary School, and those teachers who make the basic computer training course happened in the ADOC at Unitech. In the near future, I believe that I am able to manage my official documents well.
Now, after taking the course in ADOC, I am considering to purchasing computers for myself, my family and my work.
Thank you very much, APEC Digital Opportunity Center.