Over 65’s get to log on and learn

Bray People - - News -

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.

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