news 20170922Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry, believes that Guyana may well be on a path to the start of an electronic revolution.

Addressing a dual event at the Government Technical Institute (GTI) recently, Minister Henry noted that GTI’s new Curriculum, with the support of the Caribbean Education for Employment (C-EFE) partnership, served to officially close the three-year partnership with the Canadian Colleges.
The Caribbean Education for Employment (C-EFE) programme is a seven-year project designed to strengthen technical and vocational education and training in the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). The programme is intended to support institutions.
These include National Training Agencies (NTAs), as they move to a more responsive, applied and demand-driven system that seeks to meet the needs of the labour market.
Through partnerships with the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) and the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI), C-EFE takes an integrated approach to sustainable development, working at the institutional, employer, national and regional levels.
At the GTI launching of the Automotive Electrical/Electronic Service and Repairs programme, Principal (ag) of the School, Renita Crandon-Duncan expressed gratitude for the opportunity to partner with these agencies to offer this much-needed certification in Automotive Electrical/Electronic Service and Repairs programme.
Three Canadian Colleges are in partnership with GTI which continues to pride itself as the leading technical institute in the country, the flagship of all technical and vocational training institutions.
Ms Crandon-Duncan further noted that more modernized and fully electronic vehicles are entering Guyana and the need to service and repair these newer model vehicles is in high demand.
She is convinced that the administration is aware that GTI is currently the only post-secondary institution in the country that is offering this programme and as such her institution endeavors to provide quality training at the highest standard.
Critical to the success of this programme, however, is the involvement of industry to assist with guest lecturers, and vehicles on which to practice. MACORP is one such industry which has partnered with the Government Technical Institute.
Ms. Crandon-Duncan said that the GTI Board of Governors, Administration and staff endeavour to continue provision of quality education and training to the nation’s human capital.
Minister Henry likened the many elements that came together to formulate the product of learning to the benefit of Guyanese students as that of an assembly line at a car factory with relevant reference to the current projects at GTI.
Creating perspective Minister Henry pointed to the initial focused research by the Ministry of Labour in conjunction with the Council of Technical Vocational Education and Training to The Canadian and Caribbean partners who were engaged in joining in meetings with GTI faculty and staff, CTVET, ACCC, and the Ministry of Education.
Together they identified the need for the introduction of automotive electronics as there is a significant increase in the modern automobiles in Guyana.
“Electronics has become a part of everyday life here and around the world and now it is imperative that we arm our young people with the skills to be able to be fluent citizens of the electronic world from our cars to our phones and the simplest household item.
“This serves as living proof that “Science Fiction has become science fact and you students and teachers can take advantage of all that you have learnt to furnish your future with success,” the Principal said.
The Minister expressed the hope that as the Automotive Electrical/Electronic Service and Repairs course at the Government Technical College in collaboration with the Durham College continues, help can be sought of one of the students to help with instructions on dashboards that are in Japanese!
“I really do think that could be a good business as many people are driving around with the same problem,” Minister Henry stated.