Capoey Village to have free internet access soon

— “fostering an educated nation is one of our primary goals” – Min. Norton reminds residents

— electronic tablets distributed to teachers and residents

— more communities benefitting from free internet service through MOPT’s five-year E-Access and ICT Services for Hinterland, Poor and Remote Communities Project

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, November 16, 2019

Free internet access is being provided to several communities across the country, and the village of Capoey in the Pomeroon-Supenaam Region will be the next to benefit. The Minister of Social Cohesion, Hon. Dr. George Norton made this disclosure during a community meeting held at the Capoey Primary School.

During the engagement, Minister Norton also distributed electronic tablets to the teachers and residents. He noted that this “simple, yet impactful act” will help to better serve the students attending the school in the community.

“We intend to provide you [residents] access to the internet because fostering an educated nation is one of our primary goals, and this initiative will help to do just that. We are working hand in hand with Minister of Public Telecommunication Hon. Catherine Hughes to have this service up running before examinations (NGSA and CXC),” the minister explained to the residents.

Minister Norton reminded that communities across the country are benefitting from free internet service through the Ministry of Public Telecommunications’ five-year E-Access and ICT Services for Hinterland, Poor and Remote Communities Project.

Toshao of Capoey, Ralph Hendricks thanked the Minister for equipping the teachers with the necessary tools to broaden their teaching method and expressed the hope that an ICT Hub can soon be established in the community so that residents can access online public services, thereby eliminating the need to travel in the city to access these services and student can utilise to assist in their studies.

It was also brought to the minister’s attention that the community needed a boat engine to assist in the transportation of the Secondary School students from the village to the lake top. This Hendricks explained will benefit approximately 30 students.

According to the Toshao, the village was provided solar panels for the educational institution while a nearby church provided about eight batteries for the system. It was disclosed that currently only two of the eight are working.

Minister Norton said that he will network with other ministries to make ensure these requests are met.