Mouse, keyboard, computer… it is a complete piece of equipment that the mayor of the village of Saint-Eloi-de-Fourques (Eure) gives to families who have expressed the need for a new digital access to school at home in confinement time.
Supported by the directors of the three establishments of his grouping of municipalities, who indicate to him which families could be concerned, Denis Szalkowski identifies for his part on social networks which of his constituents really needs a digital boost.
“Before receiving this donation, none of the beneficiary families was completely deprived of Internet access. Some had even bought a computer at the start of confinement, with their own money, ”he said.
But their means of accessing the content sent by the teachers was clearly not sufficient: “Having a single workstation at home for three children who are in class, while tele-working, is not a comfortable situation”.
A rural mayor committed to digital access
The mayor without a label is a computer scientist by profession. Denis Szalkowski advocates the popularization of computer education and knows a lot about it in terms of computers. He himself programs machines donated by companies in the region. Until confinement, his fight was less the provision of computers than the use of the Internet in rural areas.
“Broadband is the real divide,” he says. If we want to put the world back in our villages, we must make it a priority. And this crisis reminds us that telework is useful, that in our campaigns, it is useful. So we need to have good connections ”.
If the home school associated with the digital divide undoubtedly reinforces the inequalities in education, the mayor notes that in Saint-Eloi-de-Fourques, despite the difficulties, no family has yet off hook.