Equipping the nation’s’ youths for the future

Reading & Robotics programme launched at Nat. Library

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, December 1, 2018

The central branch of National Library, this morning, launched its “Reading & Robotics” programme with the aim of introducing Computer Coding and Programming, Robotics, Animation to the nation’s youth.

The programme is a collaborative effort by the Office of the First Lady, the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, the National Library and STEM Guyana and is set be launched in 13 libraries – the five main branches of the National Library and eight rural centres.

The club will provide participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge of animation creation, Scratch coding, the building and programming of robots, problem-solving using various tools as well as strengthening their reading and mathematical skills.After a stipulated period of instruction, the participants will compete in the International Youth Robotics Competition qualifier national tournament in 2019. This will give them an opportunity to be eligible to represent Guyana in the international robotics competition.

In brief remarks, Chief Librarian, Emily King noted the importance of reading. This, she said, is a compulsory element within the club and a necessary skill when entering the working environment, the use of books is necessary.

“Though we are living in a digital world, in order for you to understand the concepts of STEM you have to be able to read it makes a better person as it aids in building your mind, enable you to communicate and express yourself with persons… reading is the gateway to success,” she added.

King also thanked STEM Guyana for launching such an initiative which places an importance on reading while advancing the use of the technology.

Stephanie Simon, Master Trainer, STEM Guyana encouraged parents to enrol their children in the club, noting that it will help to develop their communicational and problem-solving skills, as well as foster involvement in collaborative projects. Simon said that while this initiative provides more exposure to mathematics and reading, it will certainly open doors and opportunities to the nation’s future leaders.

The Bagotville branch also launched its “Reading & Robotics” programme, today. The other branches include New Amsterdam, Corriverton, Ruimveldt and Linden. The eight rural centres at Buxton, Golden Grove, Hague, Mahaicony, Mocha, Stanleytown, Stewartville, Lichfield, Kuru Kururu and Salem will be included in the first round of libraries.

Neola Damon.

Images: Keno George.