“Technology has revolutionized the way we communicate with one another,” Ashley, Daraja’s communication intern told the Form 4s. “The internet has forced us into technological evolution. Our interactions have changed. Our expectations of one another have changed. And the methods of telling the world about this amazing academy have proliferated.”
The final note, getting the word out about Daraja, was the most exciting to the students.
“We can speak to our supporters directly,” Leila said, as she volunteered to type the group’s first Facebook status update. “What should we say?” She turned around and looked at her peers.
Hadijah offered, “We should say thank you. We should tell them how much their support means to us.”
“And we love you!” Florence chimed in.
The Internet provides a more effective means to maintain relationships between the students on campus and the greater Daraja family around the world. “With regular mail, it can take sometimes weeks, months, sometimes longer for letters to come and go,” Marylene said. “But if we can learn how to use email, we can send mail instantly and not worry if it will get to the person.”
Said Teacher Wycliff, who set up the demonstration, “It is important that the Form 4s learn to how to use this technology. This is the way the world works, and before they graduate, they need to know how to communicate with people.”