The project, called “Komp-u-ter-hulp” (a play on words which also means: “comes to help you”), is aimed mainly at poor lone mothers with small children who themselves speak no Dutch, as a result of which the children are at a disadvantage when they start school.
The residents group works together with local
schools. Where teachers indicate that no Dutch is spoken in a
child’s home the project team offers a free computer. This is
installed with all the necessary facilities including Internet
access. Also installed is a special language teaching program with
which children can start learning Dutch at home. For older computer
users the team also install Abiword: an Arabic version of Word for
writing letters and emails.
To support the introduction of a PC to a family the project team aims to arrange coaches to give two hours’ computing tuition every week.
The project is aimed mainly at women and young girls since this is where the project group has identified the greatest potential benefits. Helping them make up the gap in their education also helps them gain confidence so that they can function better in Dutch society.
In 2003 the project placed 175 computers. A further 100 computers were placed in 2004. At the time of writing these 275 computers are being used by some 1300 people.
In 2003 the project received a subsidy of EUR 13,000
from The Hague’s city education department. A further EUR 7,000 was
granted by the Integration department in 2004.
Up to and including 2008, some 1,000 computers have been installed by Komp u ter hulp and the provision of free computers wil been carried out by Leergeld since 2009. Until June 2017, a total of 13,750 computers with Windows and Office had already been donated to low-income families.
Komp ter hulp support early school leavers and other underprivileged young people by giving them a basic computer repairer course
Learning for HBO (college) Business IT and Management is another opportunity
Together with trainees who are in regular education. is taught them to install servers with thin clients, an exchange mail server, etc.
Komp u ter hulp is able to educate young people without any computer knowledge in 3 to 4 months to grade-11-12. So that they can flow through to MBO-4. That is the level they must attain in order to be allowed to go to HBO (College).
But it is also possible to move on to a higher level, such as Cheska.
She was admissible for HBO (College) Business, IT & Management in Rotterdam, after 4 months intensive training.
She was just like a sponge that absorbs all that knowledge.
And Helen got work directly after her education at Komp u ter hulp
Social internship for students in secondary education
Pupils in secondary education who have to do a social internship experience quite a few problems.
They have to do social work for 16-20 hours, but they have to do so outside school hours.
This is very difficult for companies and organisations to plan.
We link students and (older) people without computer knowledge to each other and then together they determine the teaching hours.
Those people learn how to use a computer and the pupils complete their social internship.
A win-win situation
Komp-u-ter-hulp website https://www.komp-u-ter-hulp.nl
Project start date