Caol chil­dren be­come the hi-tech teach­ers

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PRI­MARY seven pupils at Caol have been tak­ing a turn at be­ing the teach­ers ... by help­ing older mem­bers of the com­mu­nity get to grips with com­put­ings.

This in­ter-gen­er­a­tional pro­ject, a six-week block of IT lessons, be­gan when Care Lochaber con­tacted the school, look­ing to get help for some of the older peo­ple they work with so they could learn to use com­put­ers.

Care Lochaber is a ser­vice de­signed to en­able older res­i­dents, as well as those with ill health, mo­bil­ity is­sues or iso­la­tion, to re­main in­de­pen­dent through schemes such as the com­puter skills work­shops and also a com­mu­nity car scheme.

The work­shops are sup­ported by NHS High­land Com­mu­nity Man­age­ment Self De­vel­op­ment Fund and the aim is to give older peo­ple a chance to be so­cia­ble and ease lone­li­ness while learn­ing new skills.

Caol head teacher Steven Hamil­ton said the pupils were ‘happy to help’ with the ini­tia­tive and pri­mary seven set time aside ev­ery Tues­day to teach a com­put­ing course.

The chil­dren teach IT skills, in­clud­ing how to use the in­ter­net, Google maps and such like.

They even fin­ish off each les­son with a cup of tea and, of course, some well- earned bis­cuits, which the chil­dren bake them­selves.

Mr Hamil­ton said: ‘It’s a great way of get­ting the chil­dren to be teach­ers and let- ting them see how dif­fer­ent peo­ple learn.’ He added that it demon­strates to the chil­dren that we are al­ways learn­ing, even beyond our school years, and that both the chil­dren and adults are en­joy­ing the pro­ject and the classes. ‘It’s a good con­fi­dence booster for the chil­dren’ he said.

As well as the ed­u­ca­tional ben­e­fits of the pop­u­lar pro­ject, Mr Hamil­ton noted that it had also pro­vided the school with ex­tra re­sources, say­ing: ‘Care Lochaber kindly do­nated three lap­tops to the school for the classes.’

Caol young­sters pass on their knowl­edge while, inset, Ai­dan Ford­ham and Faith Eas­son teach an adult com­put­ing class.

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