Thirty-three graduate from BIT programme

DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Another batch of participants graduated on Tuesday evening from the Information Communication Technology (ICT) programme undertaken by First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger.

First Lady Sandra Granger.

The graduation ceremony held at Eccles Youth Skills and Information Technology (IT) centre saw 33 persons receiving their certificates accredited by the Board of Industrial Training (BIT).

In brief remarks, the First Lady praised the participants for completing the eight-week programme, noting that the skills provided will serve to benefit them as they enter into the world of work.

“I have to applaud and commend you for your discipline and dedication for staying the course and learning because one thing I have discovered that our young people want to learn and they want to work.” Mrs. Granger advised the young adults to surround themselves with positive role models who would encourage them to strive for excellence.

The First Lady said though the initiative was launched through her office, the Ministry of Social Protection should be commended for their continuing support in the development of the nation’s youths.

The programme spearheaded by the Office of the First Lady provides young adults with training in the areas of Information Communication Technology (ICT), literacy and numeracy, entrepreneurship, sexual reproductive health, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, micromanagement development and soft skills; including ethics and time management. Similar workshops are slated to be implemented throughout the country.

Donald Ainsworth, Vice Chairperson, BIT said that the programme is testimony to the necessity of providing young adults with the necessary skills to make them marketable.

A section of the graduands.

“I would like you (participants) to see yourselves as an integral part of the global economy because the world has become a village and we interact and relate in real time and therefore it is important that we expand our knowledge in Information Communication Technology so we can be relevant and be a part of the world’s progress,” the Vice President explained.

Meanwhile, Fitzroy Younge, the chief facilitator for the ICT workshop assured that the one participant who was unable to complete the programme, will be included in another workshop in order to benefit from the necessary skills training.

During the closing ceremony, the graduates performed a skit which highlights today’s youths who are influenced by the wrong crowd, attempting to find work and finally given advice to attend the ICT workshop to provide them with the skills to build capacity.


By: Neola Damon