Factory ‘reincarnated’ old computers for poor students

Hundreds of old computers were refurbished to give to disadvantaged students in the program “Old computers, new knowledge” of the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union.

On the weekend afternoon, a classroom of about 60 square meters in the campus of University of Finance and Marketing (Phu Nhuan district) was littered with CPUs, monitors, mice, keyboards… Under the guidance of Luu Hoang Anh Khoi, staff members Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union, more than 10 students of information technology started work on repairing old computers.

The classroom on campus of the University of Finance and Marketing is a computer repair workshop for young volunteers.  Photo: Ha An

Volunteers work at the computer repair “factory”. Photo: Ha An

Just starting the machine, Tran Quang Huy (19 years old), a student of computer hardware technology, Ly Tu Trong College, just heard the ticks. Judging that there is a problem with the machine’s ram, Huy took the tool bag to remove the CPU barrel, removed the ram bar to clean the surface. Restart, the machine no longer sounds but the operating system is faulty, can’t get up. Huy continued to use the portable hard drive, copied the Windows 7 program to install it on the machine. After about 30 minutes of operation, the old machine is “reborn”.

The first time he volunteered to participate in the program, but Huy was considered by his friends as the leader of the group because of his ability to understand computer hardware and software. In the tool bag, in addition to the portable hard drive, the disassembly tools, Huy is also equipped with a multimeter, battery, power test wire… to handle all situations. “I’ve been interested in computers since I was in 6th grade. Joining the program is also an opportunity for me to practice my skills and help children who need computers, so what could be better than that,” Huy said and determined to repair with computers. get the broken computer left.

Tran Quang Huy (middle) talks with his friends about the computer repair process.  Photo: Ha An

Tran Quang Huy (middle) talks to you about the computer repair process. Photo: Ha An

When operating stably, the computer will be forwarded to another group of students to clean, blow dust, pack, and wrap plastic to put in the bin.

Tran Minh Quy, 20 years old, a student at Ly Tu Trong College, said that after the computer runs stably, it will be checked, reinstalled the operating system and programs for online learning. “The machines with damaged hard drives, ram… will be replaced with compatible components from other machines. If they don’t have them, they will have to buy replacement parts,” Quy said.

Currently, the group Quy, Huy and other members are repairing about 50 computers supported by the University of Finance and Marketing for the program “Old computers, new knowledge” of the Young Science and Technology Development Center, Thanh Hoa. Ho Chi Minh City delegation has organized since 2013. The unit will call for donations of old computers from organizations, individuals, businesses and benefactors, then repair and refurbish them to give back to the students. poor students study.

In 8 years of implementation, the program has donated more than 1,000 sets of computers, including 10 computer labs, to students and people with difficult circumstances in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces such as Long An, Dong Thap, Binh Phuoc…

This year, due to the influence of Covid-19, the need for online learning computers of students is very great, the Center for Young Science and Technology Development has called for more than 200 computers from sponsoring units. From the beginning of October until now, the unit has donated 50 computers to poor students, with online learning support devices such as cameras, headphones with mic…

The joy of two children Hung Cuong and Hai Van, students of Le Thi Hong Gam primary school, Go Vap district, when they were given computers.  Photo: Mr. Khoi

The joy of two children Hung Cuong and Hai Van, students of Le Thi Hong Gam primary school, Go Vap district, when they were given computers. Photo: Mr Khoi

Ma Vi Duc, grade 6 of Ly Phong Secondary School, District 5, is one of the students who have just been given computers in October. Her family situation is difficult when her father works as a porter at the market, and her mother works as a domestic helper. Due to the impact of Covid-19, his father had to take many months off work, the family economy depends on his mother. “Having a computer, my studies are easier, because I used to study on my phone, the screen was very small, my eyes hurt when I looked at it for a long time. I am very grateful to the aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters for allowing me to have a computer. count”, Duc shared.

According to Mr. Doan Kim Thanh, Director of the Center for Young Science and Technology Development, computers will be given priority to children whose families are not eligible, who are currently studying online using their relatives’ phones. . In the process of using the machine, if there is a problem with the machine, the volunteer team will directly go to the home to repair, or change another machine for free for the children.

“This year’s program is very difficult to travel due to the impact of the epidemic. However, we realize that there are many sponsors’ hearts that sympathize with the students. We hope that the next time the program will come back to school. The program will continue to spread so that more children can have access to computers, helping to learn better,” said Mr. Thanh.

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