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Mama Twyla's Computer Class Graduation

Written by Jim & Twyla Taylor
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Prior to this year, we have had on-going computer classes, but they were sporadic and with varying age groups. I was teaching in English and lacked the ability to teach the finer concepts. This resulted in me being unable to graduate any of the students. Then Binga Assane came to me and asked if he could help with the class. I said “Yes!” He could translate for me. I hoped to be able to give more in-depth teaching. Together, he and I developed a systematic teaching plan for the basics in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, as well as touch typing. We geared it for tenth grade and above, as well as for those students that had already graduated the 12th grade, but were looking to go to University or for job placement. The result was ....
Mama Twyla's Computer Class had a very successful year! We started our first computer class with older students on January 19, 2015. The class concentrated on building their typing skills, while they had intensive teaching in word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. The class was finished on March 30th, with all of their testing in these areas and they all did extremely well.
The second class began on April 2nd and we finished the same course on July 30, 2015. All of the students did very well in all the studies presented to them.
We had a great graduation on July 30th, with 17 students graduating from both of these groups. What a blessing! We plan to start the third class after January 1, 2016.

Binga and Papa Jim making speeches...
Binga had words of encouragement for all the students, about how learning can make a difference in how your life can turn out, and how you will be able to help your family and village.
Papa Jim's speech encouraged the students to not let themselves be distracted by anything, but to focus on their future and stay on course. He talked about how you must be determined and never give up. You are the future of Mozambique and you play a major role in how this country will look 10 – 20 years from now.
Mama Twyla encouraged everyone to pursue their dreams and work hard. She told them how proud she is of each one of them. Now go out into Pemba and show how great you really are!

All of the graduation certificates were handed out by Mama Twyla and Binga, as each proud student came forward to shake our hands and have his/her photo taken receiving their certificate. Wow! What a great day. The last item on the agenda was to present Binga an award of the BEST TEACHER. He was overwhelmed. I also gave him an ipod and headphones, loaded with Christian music, which he loved. Binga you are AWESOME!
We finished off the celebration with fiesta food of chicken, rice, cabbage salad, refrescos, and cake. What a fun time we had! I would like to say how thankful we are for those that have donated their used laptops, and to those that have donated money to buy new laptops and other equipment. We would like for you to know that you are making a HUGE difference in lives of these young men and women. Through each class, I have seen them grow in confidence. It has been great to watch!