Soesdyke-Linden Highway students benefit from ICT training

Thirty-one students from the Silver-Hill, Kairuni and Adventure communities, Soesdyke -Linden Highway have been exposed to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) following the completion of basic ICT training course through the Office of the Prime Minister.

Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Public Affairs, Kwame McCoy, MP, during the closing ceremony of the programme on Friday, told participants that government will continue to make the necessary investments to equip them to take advantage of the opportunities coming to Guyana.

Minister of Public Affairs, Kwame McCoy addressing the graduating ICT class

“Now that we are an oil producing nation, the opportunities are even more bountiful and therefore we are going to be investing in the future of the children of this community and those in other communities across the country, to make sure that we can take you along the pathway to success and development,” the minister said.

Minister McCoy noted that the skills being imparted by government to its people are very applicable and necessary for the country’s overall development. 

Minister of Public Affairs, Kwame McCoy and graduates

“The future is about ICT. We have witnessed over many years the evolution of Information Communication Technology. We see today, all across the world, what it has done to communities, transforming lives and communities,” he said.

He said the government’s vision is to use ICT to advance society.

Minister of Public Affairs, Kwame McCoy handing over an electronic tablet to one of the outstanding students of the cohort

“For every aspect of life where information and communication technology is utilised and so, the techniques and training that you had here and the skills that you were able to garner over the last few days, were really about helping you to be cross-functional. This is a skill that has cross-functional value. If you know to use the internet and if you know to use technology, you will use it in all the different sectors,” he said.

The Minister assured students that government is working hard to provide the necessary resources for their communities, noting that they will receive benefit from more interventions before the end of the government’s first term in office.