Students from the Canadian Pre-University (CPU)
programme at Taylor’s College, Subang Jaya
have recently teamed up with the Sentral Senior Citizen Association (SSCA) in an effort to increase the technological capacity of senior citizens in Selangor. Students from CPU are technologically savvy and part of a generation of ‘digital natives’ that have been born and raised in this highly advanced, knowledge based global society. It is the aim of this partnership to impart that knowledge onto a generation of people who desire to connect to this rapidly advancing world.
Beginning in September 2014 and continuing weekly, a group of individuals from the SSCA will come to the CPU campus and get technology lessons from CPU student volunteers. These lessons are designed to enhance their understanding of modern software and programs, hardware devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as navigation principles for commonly used websites. The group of student volunteers have designed two distinct learning streams - beginner and advanced - in order to better facilitate the learning needs of the senior citizens. After a brief diagnostic assessment, the senior citizens will be put into one of the two streams. Lessons, which have been designed in conjunction with the SSCA, will be planned with specific learning outcomes.
It is the aim of this partnership to bridge the gap between generations and enhance the technological understanding of senior citizens. This joint venture promises to be of mutual benefit to all parties involved, and the SSCA as well as the student volunteers of CPU are eagerly looking forward to its commencement. Special thanks must to go out to Ms. Sandra Foo who first conceptualized this project and the CPU organizing committee of Mohammad Baharoon, Golriz Memar, Naydine Schubert and Tan Wei Han. Without their hard work and dedication this partnership would have never come to fruition. Great job everyone!!