Students develop typing skills

Year 4 students of Lavena primary school with their Apple tablets and volunteer teacher Linday Johnes (back row, right). Picture SERAFINA SILAITOGA

COMPUTER classes have made a significant progress for students of Lavena Primary School who have developed typing skills at the age of 8.

These students on Taveuni between the ages of 8 and 13 can type a minimum of 20 words per minute.

Initiated by Rotary Club of Taveuni, these students use iPads for their computer classes and are guided by an American volunteer teacher to assist them.

Rotary club executive Geoff Amos said the project had been a success.

“With the changing technology in this world and the younger generation being gadget users, we believe our children in rural communities should be given equal opportunities,” he said.

“These children are using Apple-branded tablets, the best in the world and these have been brought in by kind donors.

“Rotary Club of Taveuni will continue to give the communities of Taveuni the best in health, education and empower them economically.”

The volunteer teacher, Lindsay Johnes, said the students learned very fast.

“They use the tablets and computers as well because we train them to know the difference between the keyboards with the tablet and the keyboards with the computers,” she said.

“They are eager to learn more and they are also taught how to search on the internet, how to do research work and other basic use.”