Ruimveldt Children’s Centre students complete computer literacy course … receive certificates

Fourteen children, aged 9 to 15 years, received Computer Literacy Level I certificates on Saturday May 5 last after completing a 5-month course. This initiative began in November 2017 with classes held at the Generation Next learning and resource centre, a facility owned by the First Assembly of God Church. This course was the result of collaboration between the MOPT and the church, and the beneficiaries are now on the way to higher learning in Information Communication Technologies.

It was also a part of the Public Telecommunications Ministry’s mandate to organize computer literacy and specialized training for Guyanese of all ages, with the national objective of ensuring that every productive citizen becomes computer literate.

All of the 14 children who completed the course are resident at the Ruimveldt Children’s Home and Care Center. While they were learning, the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) installed Wi-fi equipment at the Home to connect the two desktop computers previously donated by the Ministry. Also using their own devices, the children have been able to do online research and complete their course and school assignments.

NDMA will also deliver several laptop computers this week, and last Saturday, Starr Computers took the opportunity to present the administrators with two UPS’s.

One student has already gone on to the 12-week ‘Guyanese Girls Code’ training programme that got underway late April, and four (4) others who have shown higher aptitude will continue on to intermediate level training in programmes organized by the Ministry’s Industry and Innovation Unit.

Minister Cathy Hughes, in brief remarks, encouraged the students to continue to upgrade their knowledge of information technologies, and she gave a commitment to stay attuned to their needs.