Ten fortunate students, five from Ysgol Glan y Mor, and five from Ysgol Uwchradd Botwnnog, were provided with a unique opportunity. The year 10 and 11 pupils had the chance to learn the intricate process of building a personal computer from the ground up, and at the end of the workshop, they were allowed to take their newly constructed PCs home with them. This was made possible thanks to partial funding from the Bangor University’s Civic Mission Department, and the PCs themselves built with recycled parts, that the pupils now know how to replace themselves!
TACKLING DIGITAL POVERTY
The workshop itself was a resounding success, with some students revealing that they lacked access to a personal computer at home, hindering their ability to complete schoolwork. Given that most of these students were embarking on their final year of GCSE studies, the provision of these PCs at no cost to them proved to be an invaluable resource, offering substantial support for their academic endeavours. One even said “I don’t have a computer at home, this is really going to help me with my school work.”
The primary aim behind this workshop was to empower young individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds by equipping them with both the tools and knowledge to help them in the Digital sector, a growing field which is already facing a skills deficit in the region. We hope this workshop encourages them to keep learning and to pursue a career in the field of IT.
What struck me most was how diligently the young people worked all day, listening and learning, and really taking the opportunity seriously. I was impressed with how quickly they picked everything up, and they showed real aptitude to the task! We hope to run something similar in the future, and wish the pupils well with their new skills and equipment.