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Teacher connects with ‘Share Your Wifi Code’

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:12 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston /Gleaner Writer
Theckla Silvera
Theckla Silvera

Although teaching has always been her first love, Free Town Primary School teacher Theckla Silvera once entertained dreams of being a singer. Somewhere along the line, however, she pushed that dream aside to focus solely on her teaching goal.

Now teaching for close to two decades, Silvera, who is also a trained guidance councillor, confessed that she has “a heart for children”. It is that love which has now seen he pushing for children who are without Internet access, to have others who do sharing their Wi-Fi with them. To push this agenda, Silvera recently penned and sang the song Share Your Wifi Code to encourage Jamaicans to assist more students with connecting to online classes.

Sharing her inspiration behind the song, she told The Gleaner that she started to write it after having conversations with parents during the new school year. “Many of them explained that they would not have service to sustain Google Classroom throughout the day. When I asked if their neighbours had Wi-Fi, some of them said yes. It was then that I decided to use my writing and singing skills to start a campaign to help my parents by urging Jamaicans to join hands together to fight for the education of the nation’s children,” she said.

Commenting on the challenges several parents are facing in ensuring their children enjoy online classes, Silvera said there are so many other ways persons can aid. “You can lend a tablet, share credit – you know, if each one gives one, the statistics can be lowered for those who don’t have [Internet] connection.”

SHARING HER PASSION

Silvera, in sharing her passion for teaching and the desire that pushes her to ensure that no child is left behind, said she was a late bloomer, as at age five she was only able to recognise the word ‘the’, until a good Samaritan taught her to read on her verandah every day; and in less than a year, she was reading like an eight-year-old.

“I was terrified, because if you could not read you would be slapped, and that made me not want to go to school and that further hampered my learning. As a child, I always wanted the opportunity to teach children how to read in a non-threatening environment. I have stayed true to that in my classroom management and all my students are comfortable with me,” she shared on the profession that she has no intention of leaving.

Although she studied reading and social studies at the secondary level at The Mico University College, Silvera said she opted to teach primary-school students as she believes the foundation of a child’s education impacts greatly on their future.

“I love teaching because I get great satisfaction from seeing a child grow wholistically, knowing I had a role to play in this transition. I especially love to work with those who seem rejected and lost, as this gives me a chance to show them love and kindness, which goes a far way in building positive self-concept and self-esteem,” said Silvera.

Silvera, in making the appeal, also took time out to thank Highway 2000 East-West for donating three tablets to the school.