3. CPI is using computer-assisted learning in its education program. How are computers used by CPI? What is the "sweat equity" of CPIs education program? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of curriculum? How else might computers be used for people who struggle with literacy?
8 Canadian Mennonite June 28, 2010 CPI, under the direction of Bryan Butler, minister has read it thoroughly and is has set up a learning centre, a small space about to call for more discussion.” with only 17 computers, nine of them It is all in keeping with CPI’s overall donated by Habitat for Humanity. vision, says Hubert, who founded CPI Butler, who grew up in Three Hills, in 1997 following a 23-year career in Alta., but has spent 10 years in Africa as post-secondary education, including an educator under Mennonite Central eight years as college president and 10 Committee (MCC) and other non- years with MCC. CPI’s vision, he says, “is governmental agencies, kick-started the to develop and demonstrate models of Honduran project in 2009 with a $60,000 peacemaking and peacebuilding that can fundraising campaign to bring systematic be emulated by others to address the learning to this city of 50,000 and the structural causes of conflict in Central surrounding villages, where very few America. The ultimate goal is to reduce people have progressed beyond Grade 6 the likelihood of more war in the region.” due to a lack of education infrastructure Having served at the official level and opportunities. with MCC and Mennonite Economic Hubert and Butler think that by bring- Development Associates, Hubert says ing the computers—preloaded with an CPI is using the best from their mod- approved Spanish junior high school els and from Habitat for Humanity in curriculum—to people in the commu- developing housing, land ownership and nity, they can give locals a way to im- education initiatives in Honduras. Λ prove their own lives. In a pilot project, two women in their 20s who work at the Meetinghouse is an association of North CPI office in Santa Cruz, have completed American Mennonite and Brethren in the Grade 8 curriculum after a whirlwind Christ publications. Dick Benner is editor/ 18 weeks of study. publisher of Canadian Mennonite, a Here is one happy dad, able now to The next stage sees 30 people, includ- Meetinghouse member publication. provide adequate housing and perhaps ing many adults, signed up for classes. schooling for his young daughter. Each must sign a “sweat equity” agree- ment, requiring them to teach two other
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