Ministry of Education, Guyana

Monday, 09 March 2015 09:48

30 graduate from IT programme in Berbice

graduationThirty Berbicians of various ages have successfully completed an IT training programme, under an initiative undertaken by the Government through the Basic Needs Trust Fund to the tune of $1 million.

The programme catered for Greater New Amsterdam residents from Overwinning to Glasgow, and ran from January 30 to February 14.

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh delivered the feature address at the Glasgow Community Centre on the East Bank of Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Wednesday.

He said there was nothing that can substitute for the training of young people. “There can be no greater satisfaction than to see our young people get qualified, get jobs, earn an income and become professional and self-sustaining individuals.

According to the Minister computer literacy and related skills are assets in the job-seeking arena. “We want as a Government to ensure that every single young Guyanese are equipped with the skills that are required of the modern world.”

He explained that there is a digital divide between the rich and the poor worlds and noted that Government is trying to bridge the domestic digital divide. “Every single Guyanese person no matter where they live, where they come from or their socio-economic circumstances, must enjoy the benefits of modern technology. No Guyanese person must be left behind. That is why we are implementing a programme called the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) programme to which 90,000 laptops will be distributed.” Already about 55,000 laptops have been distributed under the OLPF.”

He said despite cuts in the national budget, Government continued to make resources available for all Guyanese to have access to Information Technology (IT) training.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds in delivering an address at the graduation ceremony called for a repeat of the programme, but pointed out the need for more participating males. There was only one male in the 30 member graduating group.

The Prime Minister encouraged all to take up the challenge of building Guyana through Information Technology.


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