Ministry of Human Service launches its first online and in-person WIIN courses in ICT and professional care
Emotions were running high among women participants when the Ministry of Human Services and Social security launched its online and in-person WIIN (Women’s Innovation and Investment Network) classes in ICT and professional care (child and elderly care) today.
For many of them it was a ray of hope, as the programme provided an opportunity to pursue courses in areas that would open new avenues for employment or entrepreneurship. Over 200 of the over 4,200 applicants to the programme commenced classes today.
One participant sought out Minister, Dr. Vindhya Vasini Persaud, the brain behind WIIN, and broke down in tears as she told her that when Dr. Persaud was a medical student at GPHC, she had encouraged her to pursue studies in childcare. Her little daughter at that time was being treated for Wilm’s tumor, those words stayed with her, and several times she made attempts to, but nothing worked out. She wanted Minister Persaud to know that today she would be able to fulfill her dreams of being able to work in childcare.
Another young woman expressed how grateful she was for the opportunity to be trained so that she can be in a better position to be employed. Many women expressed their feeling of hope that they were being invested in and equipped with skills that would make them financially independent. One woman even brought her little daughter to class because she did not want to miss out on the opportunity.
As she launched the ministry’s flagship training programme at the Guyana Women’s Leadership Institute (GWLI), Minister Persaud explained that $80 million dollars budgeted for training will be utilised to expend every effort to invest in certificate upskilling of women in every region. She urged the women to commit to the foundation training which is provided free of cost.
Dr. Persaud said “create the opportunities by networking, thinking outside of the box, innovating, and using every iota of what you have gained for self- growth, development and earning possibilities. I believe in each one of you and urge you to take what you have started today to the finish line. The WIIN program has been meticulously crafted to empower all women because of the absence of an eligibility criteria and the offer of areas of training that are unconventional, needed and could open up niche markets.
I am encouraging you to be the influencers/entrepreneurs of tomorrow as we empower you today. I recognize the sterling efforts of my team who worked assiduously with me to make this a sustainable reality, and we stand ready to support you throughout your journey. I am pleased say that all the courses are accredited and from this first step, nothing will be unachievable as you will learn about starting and sustaining your business too”
She thanked all the lecturers and the School of the Nations University and University of Guyana for partnering with the Ministry.
The Minister also opened the new, modern computer lab at GWLI which will be one of the main hubs for the WIIN programme.
Remarks were also made by Deputy Director of Social Services Hamwantie Bissesar and Coordinator of GWLI, Mr. Samaroo.
Minister Persaud also visited WIIN classes at School of the Nations University.
The WIIN programme will continue to be rolled out in the coming weeks.