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“Students” are older citizens of Odessa, and their “universities” are computer literacy courses. It's never too late to learn. This axiom was further confirmed when a new social project was launched at the International Humanitarian University more than four years ago. He allowed people of retirement age to acquire new knowledge, so necessary today, to master computer skills. Absolutely free.

During this time, more than 5 thousand pensioners have been trained. Created on the basis of the National University of Odessa Law Academy, an ultramodern IT center and Center for Cybersecurity and Information Technologies became an additional platform for the implementation of this social program. This has increased the number of students of computer courses. In addition, it is planned to open another cybersecurity center at the International Humanitarian University.

Study lasts three months, after graduation graduates receive certificates. How to dispose of them, everyone decides in his own way. Someone will show their grandchildren to win their approval, someone will hang them in a prominent place in the house, and someone will attach them to the educational documents when they go to apply for a new job.

With the beginning of study "cadets" congratulated the president of the International Humanitarian University Sergey Kivalov:

In developed countries, there are special government programs for people of the third age. We, unfortunately, do not have this. In order to study on paid computer courses, our senior citizens must sit on a starvation ration for a year. And they should feel active members of society. That's why we organized free computer literacy courses for residents of the Primorsky District. We do not receive any support, and the university, as you know, is non-state. We earn this money, and transfer some of it to social programs.

Classes in each group are: a teacher and two assistants. Assistants are capable university students who have experience and good computer skills. Vera Enina is the first year student of the International Humanitarian University:

I have already assisted in the first semester courses, this is my second group. Our “students” come to us with different needs and demands. Someone needs a basic computer knowledge, someone needs more in-depth knowledge. Someone wants to own Word to write letters, others want to communicate with children abroad. And we try to help and explain to everyone. I am pleased when our grateful listeners leave, having gained knowledge and skills that will be useful to them in life. Each set includes 120 residents of Primorsky District.

Tamara Repinskaya does not work, is, as they say, on a well-deserved rest. But in his 70 years does not get bored, spending interesting leisure.

I love to study. Teaching is always light. I want to know more. Of course, I own a computer, it is indisputable. My grandson showed me something. But not everything works, but he says: understand yourself faster. I need this knowledge for practical use. I want to learn how to make utility bills on a computer, to purchase goods. I do not want to ask anyone. In addition, I am engaged in pension savings and medical programs. And in order to participate in them, I also need computer knowledge. So I went to the courses. About free courses at MSU, I heard good reviews from friends. I live nearby, on the 6th station of the Big Fountain. It is convenient for me to visit them.
– Tamara Repinskaya said.

Of the total number of students, about a third are men. Obviously, women have more craving for knowledge. The average age of "students" is 65-75 years. There are older. In the new group there are eleven people whose age has already exceeded 90 years. True, his first lesson, he "skipped" - for health reasons. 

Victor Sollogub is a military pensioner. A year and a half ago, Viktor Vasilyevich became a widow. Loneliness has risen. So the 80-year-old retired intelligence officer decided to go to the courses. The first attempt failed - turn. There are a lot of people willing. The second attempt was successful:

For me, owning information is my whole life. Now this life by the new rules. Without a computer, without the Internet - nowhere. And it is more convenient to pay for an apartment, gas, light from home, without queues, which we cannot get rid of. My daughter supports me in this endeavor. There is a book. Now I sit down to study.

Lyudmila Vasilyevna Gorban in the past - an employee of the State Tax Service:

More than ten years since I retired. I decided to keep up with my grandchildren. It is necessary to comply.

But Igor G. Kolokitersky intends to find a job at the end of the courses:

I worked as a welder. In 60 years, retired. About courses suggested friend. Signed up, and here I am. I have the simplest basic computer knowledge. Now I want to expand them in order to communicate with relatives, receive information, and learn news. And, probably, I will find a job.

In short, each has its own motivation. But it is clear that for all over-age "students" there are new perspectives and opportunities. New acquaintances. New friends. Perhaps a new life. Yes, yes, it has happened before when single people met here and started families.

Oksana Zerkina, an associate professor at the Department of Law, Economics, and International Relations at Moscow State University, has been teaching free computer courses for the elderly for five years and has considerable experience in this field:

Every time I meet new students with pleasure. After all, this is a new interchange of knowledge: our "students" have a rich life experience, which they share. And our knowledge opens up new horizons for them, which they sometimes do not even suspect. One of my students, Vladimir, we still communicate by e-mail. He writes letters to me on e-mail, sometimes with poems, which he recently began to write.

Well, with the holiday of Knowledge you, friends!