About 400 city residents receive laptops – as OLPF distribution continues in Region Four
Georgetown GINA, November 22, 2013
Three hundred and ninety-eight (398) happy recipients on Wednesday walked away with their laptops as the Government of Guyana continues its drive to make citizens literate in Information Communication Technology (ICT) through the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) Programme.
Present at the distribution exercise at the World Vision New Testament Church of God, David Street, Kitty was Member of Parliament Dr. Vindhya Persaud. She was impressed with the fact that the recipients are of varying ages.
Member of Parliament, Dr. Vindhya Persaud hands over a laptop to one of the recipients.
Dr. Persaud expressed confidence that the Government will achieve its goal of making every house hold ICT literate.
Beneficiaries of this programme shared their feelings of joy and expressed their gratitude to the Government for the initiative. One female recipient said that she was very happy to see that the government was introducing ICT to every house hold, especially the older folks who may not have any or very little knowledge of it. Another recipient highlighted that he was very thankful for this initiative, which will benefit him and aid his two children with their studies.
A member of the One Laptop Per Family Secretariat assists a recipient in the basic operation of the laptop
The distribution process will be followed by a training session that commences on Monday.
Some of the beneficiaries waiting to uplift their laptops
The OLPF programme was launched in 2011, and was pioneered by former President Bharrat Jagdeo. The original aim of this programme was to equip 90,000 families with laptops and to expand the use of ICT across the country.
A visually impaired beneficiary smilingly walks away with her laptop
Thousands of laptops have already been distributed to numerous families in various communities countrywide.