A total of 26 Lindeners are now equipped with the skills needed in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) industry following participation in two four-week courses coordinated by Region 10 Member of Parliament Devin Sears. The now empowered youths graduated from an Introduction to Computers (Computers Made Easy) and Media Graphics design courses. Sears, who is also an ICT expert and a former Computer Science lecturer sought it necessary to have it executed in Linden. The Computer Made Easy course introduced computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics included identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of Microsoft Office software applications. The Introduction to Media Graphics Design enabled the students to learn and apply fundamentals of various software applications (such as Photoshop, Audition and Premiere pro), image editing, voice overs, video editing and graphic animation. Advertising and marketing projects coordinate technical skills with organization, management, communication, ethics and team work.
During the simple graduation ceremony, participants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to develop their skills and learn of alternative ways to earn through media designing. Corretta Braithwaite Walton said, “I am in my fifties but never appreciated the need of using computers; until I realised how the world is advancing and I cannot afford to be left behind.” Radio Presenter Kady Sears said, “being a radio presenter, I have added to my skill set, recording and editing my own voice overs, videos and designing of prints which I am now able to diversify.”
In his overview remarks; MP Sears encouraged the graduates to not settle for less, aim high in pursuit of perfecting their skill and efficiency. “Our world is evolving and continues to embrace the technological era and the most we can do as Guyanese is retool, train and adapt; programmes like these are geared towards ensuring our country has a skilled work force.”
He further related that this is the first of several continuous ICT training programmes he will be coordinating and tutoring throughout the country with key focus on rural communities. Sears thanked the Regional Chairman’s Office through which the programme was executed, and facilitating institute, Linden Technical Institute and supporting staff.
In his feature address Regional Chairman, Deron Adams, stated that his office and councillors congratulate the participants on their accomplishment which reflects the region’s push for the development of a strong and versatile ICT sector. He believes supporting programmes such as these must garner bipartisan support since it focuses on education and ultimately community development. Mr. Adams committed through his office to budget funds in 2023, to expand the programme.