The program “Tecnología para la Educación del Wayúu (TEW)” (Technology for the Wayúu Education) is an educational project designed by the Wayúu Taya Foundation to support the formation of children as bilingual individuals and also to strengthen their identity and sense of ownership and leadership for the development of their communities with the use of computerized technology.
In 2006 the Unidad Educativa Jesús Redentor used its first two classrooms, thanks to the Wayúu Taya Foundation and The United States Embassy, with the purpose of encouraging self-learning in children with the use of multimedia software designed with elements from their own socio-cultural backgrounds.
Towards the end of 2007, HP opened three classrooms and a virtual lab equipped with 11 computers, a printer, a video projector, a projection screen and a digital camera, at the UnidadEducativaJesúsRedentor. The company obtained its funding to do this project via its corporative program Tecnología para la Educación y de la Ley Orgánica de Ciencia, Tecnología e Investigación (LOCTI). Volunteers from HP dictated courses to the entire educational community to teach them how to use and take care of their computers.
Children take part in a program called “Conociendo mi Laboratorio de Computacion” (Getting to Know my Computer Lab), in which they begin their experience with the use of computers, they learn the norms about taking care of their lab and begin to acquire basic skills in the use of the computer’s mouse and keyboard.
Once they feel comfortable with the use of the computer, the students learn to use MS Office Word, under the program “Escribir para Expresar” (Write to Express), in which the child’s creativity is expressed in a written manner.
Wayuu Taya worked with the leaders of the communities and created the first computer dictionary in Wayunaiki for the preservation of the Wayuu Language. Thousands of copies have been distributed among schools in Venezuela and Colombia.