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Pushing My Way into the Digital World

As he walked toward the door, to leave for work, I ran toward him.

"Daddy, can I now get the money?" I asked

"Money for what?" He retorted

"For the computer classes I told you I wanted to attend," was my response.

"Look, I do not have money now" he said angrily and slammed the door behind him.

I paced about in the living room feeling so disappointed. I had lost count of the number of times I begged my father to give me money to register for computer classes. That was how I wanted to spend my summer holidays. I wanted to be able to get behind that screen people called a "computer" and control it. I had heard that the world was fast evolving and I wanted to be a part of this move.

My sweet daddy, will not let me leave my dreams. He kept telling me to hold on. I held on until the end of the holidays yet he did not provide me with the money.

I only needed $20 to take full computer classes for one month. I thought it would be easy for my Dad to provide that but he was reluctant. Perhaps he didn't see the computer and internet as a feminine things.

I remained determined to know how to use a computer. In 2003, during my first year at the university I begged a fellow student who had some ICT knowledge to teach me how to use it.

She took me to a cyber cafe, created an email account for me and those were my ABCs in exploring the digital world. Every time I went to the cyber cafe, I explored this new found love more and more. I wanted to know some things about a computer and when I knew them, I wanted to know some more.

This quest for more knowledge quickly moved me from a level of digital illiteracy to digital literacy. In a short while, I was able to show other women how to use a computer. We would take walks to a cyber cafe together and I will share what I know with them.

I remain eternally grateful to my friend who first taught me how to use a computer. She helped a sister out who in turn helped other sisters out.

For digital literacy to grow among women, we must be each others keeper. We must lend our digitally illiterate sisters a hand and help them achieve this life transforming knowledge. Help a sister out. She may be your neighbor, your aunty, your friend's friend or even your mother. Pay her a visit and help her out!

I have seen several women who desire to be knowledgeable in computer and internet use. However, they need someone to put them through. They do not necessarily need a formal event or training where they will obtain these skills. We can put them through, one sister at a time.

On a larger scale, I intend to indulge in audio-visual productions that will give rise to more digital competent women. If a picture is worth a million words, then a motion picture is worth a zillion words!

Let more and more women weave the web and let their voices be heard.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Comments

jacollura's picture

Help a sister out!

Yes! Precious, I love your enthusiasm, your joy, and your willingness to share.
Thank you!

Vision40's picture

Feeling positive

Hello Precious
You are right, it is sometimes the simple solutions that work best...all it takes is a willing person to share what they know, matched with your persistence and it opens up a world of opportunities.

First you need to believe you can
Take care
Nicola

gracest's picture

Precious M, Thank you for

Precious M,

Thank you for this deeply personal narration of your "Internet story". I think the central focus of this piece is so important-- that big movements are helpful, but it is ultimately up to us as women at the grassroots level to rally around one another to help one by one. I think this is very true for any movement or spreading of knowledge, and sometimes we forget that. If each of us did one thing to help another every day, big or small, the world would be such a better place!
I am also a journalist, in the US. What sort of things do you like to write about the most?
Your friend,
Grace

Y's picture

Well said, Precious. We can

Well said, Precious. We can change the power balance in the world, person-to-person, each teaching at least five others.
Blessings to you.
Yvette

Y

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