Posts tagged "Background"

Winter 2008-2009 summary

Note: What you see here is only the part of my summary that deals with issues and future plans. Click here to see the whole summary, which includes background information and a detailed explanation of the work we did in three weeks. Issues Education One of the major issues with computer literacy in Bijawar is...

The first meeting

Prabha and her daughter Sonali are the two women from Bijawar with whom we have been talking since the inception of this project, both to gauge the interest of people in computer education and to have someone on the ground who could communicate with other people, such as the principals of the high schools. Prabha...

Misadventures in flying

Getting to Bijawar from San Francisco requires two full days of travel. Getting to Delhi alone, via Europe or East Asia, requires two flights and 25-35 hours, depending on how long the layovers are. From Delhi, you can either catch the Shatabdi train to Jhansi, which takes hours, or a commuter plane to Khajuraho, which...

Preparing to teach beginners

Although there might be computers at the Bijawar high schools available for teachers to use (see here), we’re taking four laptops on which to help people learn. This move is partly for ease and portability, so that we can hold sessions at my grandmother’s house whenever people are free, and partly so that we have...

The place and the plan

For some time now, my family has wanted to start a computer education program in Bijawar, the small village in Madhya Pradesh, India, where my dad grew up. His mother – my grandmother – still spends most of her time there, although her children and their families all live elsewhere. According to the 2001 census,...