Interviews in Siachilaba by Stefan Hecke

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Mrs Prosperity Mangena

Teacher, Samende Primary School, 20 km from Binga
Husband in Binga.

What do you think of the ITC?
It is a good thing, very interesting and it will help a lot, especially young children, they will grow knowing much about computers. Even playing games will give them much interest, as they learn to be confident. We elders get the chance of trying to do something, even if you have no job, you can get knowledge and more job opportunities.

What do you come here to do?
I did a computer course in Bulawayo in 1996, but it’s now forgotten, and I’m trying to re-learn. The ITC has helped me much. I want such a kind of job (computer-related) and now I can get it.

Have you been on the internet? Or email?
I have not yet.

How often do you come here?
This is my third day in three days. When I am in this area I come as much as possible.

Is this place accessible for you if you are living 20 km away?
It is a distance for me, but still closer than Bulawayo (+450km). And that is very expensive.

You are not a Tonga, but what do you think the ITC and computers can do for Tonga people?
They may become recognized.

Do you find it affordable, the charges at the centre?
Yes, at $50 per hour, it is affordable.