Don Bosco Learning Center students have a new digital computer lab thanks to funding from Salesian Missions donors
(MissionNewswire) Students at the Don Bosco Learning Center, within the Don Bosco Quetta community in Pakistan, have a new digital computer lab thanks to donor funding from Salesian missions, the American development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. The center has been teaching primary and secondary schools in Quetta since 2000. More than 780 students, aged 8 to 22, have been positively affected by this new lab.
The funding provided new computers, a projector, printers, a computer table, chairs, and Wi-Fi. Teachers are beginning to develop courses for Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, networking, graphic design, and web design.
The Don Bosco Learning Center teaches students computer and technology skills. The lab will be used for daily classes in grades 3-10. In the evening, computer lessons for the other students and those of the community will take place. The Salesians of Quetta also have a long tradition of helping Afghan refugees. This project will also enable refugees to acquire skills after their settlement.
“We appreciate our donors who have funded this project to ensure that poor young people attending the Don Bosco Learning Center can take introductory computer courses,” said Fr Gus Baek, Director of Salesian Missions. “Young people need educational opportunities that they can use in their jobs. Learning to use computers and software is important in preparing students after graduation.”
Salesian schools offer economic advantages, scholarships and accommodation to students from the poorest families so that education is not only accessible but also an incentive for parents to send their children to school. Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in South Asia, at less than 50%. Although the country’s constitution recognizes free and compulsory education between the ages of 5 and 16, the rule is often not followed in rural areas for those over 13.
According to the World Bank, 31.3% of people living in Pakistan live below the poverty line. Gender plays a role in poverty in the country. Pakistan has traditional gender roles that define a woman’s place in the home and not in the workplace. As a result, access to education is difficult for girls and society’s investments are less. There are few opportunities for women and girls in the country outside of traditional roles. This is demonstrated by the disparities in education, including the literacy rate.
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