Kimbia goes online!
─ ICT Hub commissioned at Kimbia Primary School
DPI, Guyana, Sunday, September 2, 2019
Kimbia is yet another community that has bridged the gap between Hinterland and Coast as an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hub was opened yesterday at the Kimbia Primary School.
Commissioning the ICT hub and learning resource centre was Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Nicolette Henry who was accompanied by Minister of Public Health, Hon. Volda Lawrence.
The activities formed part of a day of events centred around preparing students of Kimbia to return to school tomorrow. It was a collaboration between several stakeholders including the Rotaract Club of Guyana and the Rotary Club of Central Georgetown.
Minister Henry noted that the ICT Hub is closely aligned with the government’s major focus, which will ensure that all Guyanese can access a better quality of life through the use of ICT.
“It is important to understand that over the last four years, much consideration and effort has been expended on bridging technological gaps. It is irrefutable that we need technology in every classroom in the hand of every teacher and student because it is the pen and paper of our time and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world today,” Minister Henry said.
The timely exercise comes at the start of Education Month, themed “Education: Key to National Development.”
President of the Rotary Club of Central Georgetown and organiser of the event, William Boyle encouraged students of his alma mater to continue dreaming and continue pursuing their dreams. He pointed out that with increased access to internet connectivity, their dreams can truly become a reality.
Gem Fleming, Headmistress of Kimbia Primary commended the government for their continued support and underscored the importance of 21st century technology-enabled learning.
Meanwhile, Minister Lawrence applauded the Rotary President for organising the initiative noting that it is a step in the direction of development.
“This initiative is certainly in sync with President David Granger’s vision of raising the bar, that is, the level of services and accessibility for those inland locations.”
The Public Health Minister added that the president has made a call to all those who employed in service ministries “to ensure that we can foster inclusiveness, greater interaction and accessibility in those areas outside of the coast.”
The Rotaract Club of Guyana also hosted a medical outreach and distributed scores of backpacks, lunch kits, stationery and shoes to the students of the Primary School.
Over the last few years, 173 ICT hubs we’re equipped in communities across the country, particularly in Hinterland and riverain communities.