Over 65’s get to log on and learn
PEOPLE aged 65 and over are being encouraged to ‘log on and learn,’ as the Transition Year boys in St. Brendan’s college have invited them along to a free computer training programme in their school.
A total of 32 participants hoping to learn some valuable new tricks are being coached by 32 Transition Year students.
Every Wednesday morning the senior citizens are put through their technological paces by the keen young computer whizzes. The class also takes place on Friday afternoons.
Before they knew it the seniors were logging on to facebook, gmail and other web- sites they once thought were beyond their reach.
The course covers such areas as how to book a flight, surf the net, sent e-mail to a friend or even do the shopping online.
This programme is currently being run in over 100 schools across the country and it is something the young men are enjoying immensely. Its purpose is to integrate Transition Year education with the local community. Under social outreach, the students continue to work every week in nursing homes and primary schools in the community, an endeavor which is of mutual benefit to everyone involved.
Barry Kinsella with Jim Kelly at the computer training programme.