Over 3,000 Gov’t laptops distributed in Region Four
Georgetown GINA, May 30th, 2013
After two weeks, the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) programme, under this current phase of distribution, has given out more than 3, 000 laptops to enthusiastic recipients in Region Four.
Recipients collecting their laptops at the Youth and Civil Club in Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara
On Thursday, the distribution was taken to centres in several communities including Pigeon Island, Chateau Margot, Mon Repos and Better Hope, East Coast Demerara; New Market, Water and Camp Streets and Kitty, in Georgetown; Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara and Kuru Kuru and surrounding areas.
About 1,000 laptops were distributed to these communities. This figure can be individually narrowed down to 197 being distributed at the World Vision Foundation New Testament Church of God, to the residents of Kitty; 283 at the Youth and Civil Club, to residents of Mon Repos; 314 at Life Springs Ministry, to residents of Pigeon Island and Chateau Margot to Better Hope; 30 at School of The Nations, to residents of New Market and Water Streets to Camp Street; 56 at Mocha Primary School, to residents of Mocha and 115 at Kuru Kuru Board of Industrial training to, residents of Kuru Kuru and surrounding communities.
Recipients waiting to obtain their laptops
Residents of these communities expressed their gratitude to the Government of Guyana. They highlighted that the laptop will be of great benefit and assistance to them especially for the working class and students. One recipient of Mon Repos said that he is a teacher and he was very happy to receive the laptop because he will now be able to assist his students in research as well as doing his own from the comfort of his office or home.
Earlier in the week the distribution was taken to other region Four areas that encompassed Victoria to Haslington, Enterprise to Paradise, and Lusignan to Good Hope, East Coast Demerara; in Georgetown, Stevedore, South, East and West Ruimveldt, East, North East and West La Penitence, Roxanne Burnham, Shirley Field Ridley and Rasville; and Houston to Providence, and Timehri and Long Creek, East Bank Demerara.
This phase targets for distribution a total of 6,000 laptops. Prior to this, 28,000 of the devices were distributed in several regions.
A member from the One Laptop Per Family secretariat checking the laptops as the recipients look on
The OLPF programme was launched in 2011, and was pioneered by former President Bharrat Jagdeo. The original aim of this programme is to equip 90,000 families with laptops and to expand the use of ICT across the country.