The fear of technology and the lack of Internet tools are overwhelmed by the seniors, who are most among young people, in the courses offered by the Municipal Economic Development Agency (Conquito) and the “Guambrateca” of San Marcos.
This experience speaks about the level of immersion of these people on this subject, and that their interest has increased in recent years. In these classrooms, 60% of students are over 45 years old. From these, most are older, they learn to use technology productively and inserted in the global world.
In addition, they can expand their mind and leave paradigms as for example "that old age people cannot learn or that are not able to use a computer", this said the assistant of training of Conquito, Andres Endara. In this way, 95% of people change their mentality.
Older adults have one thing in common: fear of starting the courses and interact with technology in their social environment because they have been classified as 'useless' and 'slow' or had spoken with phrases like "they are going to damage the computer, or that you will fill with viruses and you'll burn it", says Endara.
"It is because this psychological disorder that first it is necessary the motivational work and then teach them, step by step, how to handle different technological resources such as the Internet and Office programs", says Ivan Lovato, director of Guambrateca.
"I started from zero, I knew nothing and I was afraid of not being able to learn, but the facilitator filled me with confidence and motivated me to continue", says Norma Nicolalde, who participated in a workshop.
"I thought this was only for young people" and "I'm learning now at my age", these are some of the phrases that Bolivar Armijos (Conquito facilitator) listens from the participants. This, as a result of his constant work with them and lets them to transform their mind.
"I had a lady who was crying just trying to use the mouse, she had tears and for some time I had to work with her to overcome the fear on the computer", says Endara, who was also a facilitator of 'Don Juan' who received the beginners classes for five times, until he received the certificate.
“After completion of training, people are taken into account and they do not feel undeserved because their lack of technology knowledge”, says Adriana Romero, project coordinator of Conquito.
"Now I feel I no longer need someone else to find information on the Internet or make the procedures required in banks and payroll payments", this says Gonzalo Cevallos, private employee. "Also, knowledge has allowed me to develop myself and be independent", he adds.
Endara also said that “the courses allow older people to be productive after retirement".
(Source: La Hora Nacional Newspaper