Over 1300 more families receive laptops – as OLPF continues distribution in Region Four

Georgetown, GINA, May 25, 2013

The Government of Guyana continues on it quest to equip every household with a laptop through its One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) programme, and since the exercise restarted on May 21, the OLPF Secretariat has distributed close to 3,000 laptops to beneficiaries in Region Four.

Today 1391 laptops were distributed to families in various communities including Chapman to Grove, East Coast Demerara, and Diamond to Craig, Good Success to Coverden, and Samatha Point to Caneville, all on the East Bank and several city areas such as Campbellville, Lodge, Kingston, Cummingsburg, Tucville, Guyhoc, Subryanville, Meadow Brook Gardens and Alberttown.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security Jennifer Webster interacts with recipients at OLPF distribution and training workshop at the new Campbellville Secondary School, Georgetown.

Recipients from Chapman to Grove received 276 laptops, while at the Woolford Avenue distribution centre 136 benefitted.  A total of 204 were distributed in Lodge, 121 in Section K Campbellville and the largest number of 654 to recipients spanning from Diamond to Craig.

Prior to this current distribution phase, 28,000 laptops were already given out to numerous families in various communities countrywide.

This current phases targets 6,000 recipients of the East Coast, East Bank and Georgetown areas.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security Jennifer Webster was present at some of these venues today. She expressed her joy at witnessing the success of this programme and more importantly the positive effects it has had on the recipients. The Minister urged the recipients to take full advantage of the training that is being provided to them and to care for the laptops.

 

Beneficiaries of the programme expressed gratitude for the device and also for the training provided to ensure they are proficient in its use.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security Jennifer Webster chatting with this young lady who is clutching a laptop that her mother had just collected

One resident of Campbellville Shirley David said that this programme will benefit her in a great way because she has no knowledge of computers or ICT and she has two small children, and through this programme, she can gain the basic training which can then be passed on to her children.

The distribution exercise continues on May 28 in other locations such as Victoria to Haslington, Enterprise to Paradise, Lusignan to Good Hope and several other city areas.

 

The OLPF programme was pioneered by former President Bharrat Jagdeo and launched in 2011. The original aim of this programme is to equip 90,000 families with laptops and to expand the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) across the country.

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