At the start of this year’s Age Action, Computer and Device Classes the students from Ursulines were asked to write about their experiences. The first student to submit her piece on her experiences was Sadhbh Casey.
A Unique Opportunity
In transition year our school was given a unique opportunity to team up with and work alongside Age Action. It is an organisation that helps to integrate the young and older members of our community. Our task as tutors was to meet every Monday afternoon for six weeks with Age Action and our learners at St. Michael’s Credit Union. We would spend time with our learners, teaching them the IT skills they wanted to learn. Each person brought along the device they wanted to learn about, such as smartphones, laptops or tablets. For us, they are everyday things but for many members of the older generation, they’re simply mind-boggling devices.
We proceeded to teach them new skills every week like sending emails, booking flights and even shopping online. When each of us was assigned a partner on the first day we were a little nervous but as time went on it became just like chatting with friends. What we saw as a small thing to do was often a much bigger deal for the learner but it was great to share our knowledge. This experience was unforgettable and definitely life-changing for the older people who’ve learned new skills. Technology is becoming so important that it is key that not only young people grow with it!
We would like to thank Sadhb for expressing her experiences of being part of the Age Action classes. Also a big thank you to the volunteers, leaners and other tutors for making the classes so educational but also enjoyable.