– First Lady urges ICT participants at Melanie DamishanaFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Tuesday urged participants in the first Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training programme in the Melanie Damishana community to “think big” and to use the training as a catalyst for a successful future.The programme, which is a collaborative effort between the Office of the First Lady and the Social Protection Ministry, will run for 13 weeks and cater for 30 participants. The launch was held at the Vigalstra Housing Cooperative Administrative Building, Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The First Lady, in her address, congratulated the participants for making the decision to acquire the skills needed to succeed in times of constant technological advancement. She also emphasised the importance of continuous training and the upgrading of their skills if they were to remain relevant and adapt effectively.“This workshop is unique in that it not only teaches you about ICT; it also helps to prepare you for the world of work. It includes modules on Sexual and Reproductive Health; Robotics, which was introduced into the programme last year and proved to be very popular with our young people. Once you adhere to the instructions of the facilitators, attend sessions punctually and participate fully in this workshop, you will have earned skills in ICT required to function in the modern environment,” she said.Chief facilitator Fitzroy Younge, who provided a brief overview of the programme, noted that its objectives were to empower and educate the youths of the Melanie Damishana community and enhance the standard of living of marginalised youths through improved employability.“You have made an intelligent decision to improve the quality of your life and enhance your opportunities for development and your success. The skills that you will acquire over the next 12 weeks will contribute not only to your area, but, by extension, to the development and progress of Guyana,” he said.Younge explained that the workshop would take the form of classroom discussions, illustrations and hand-outs that would be provided to every participant after each session to aid in their revision for the workshop’s final assessment. At the close of the programme, participants will graduate with a certificate that has been certified by the Board of Industrial Training.In an invited comment, participant Janasha Ostrum explained that her aspiration of becoming an architect and her general love of technology motivated her to sign up for the workshop. “It’s going to benefit all of us here because, as First Lady said, it’s a bankable certificate; it will help you to get a job easier,” she said.Meanwhile, 18-year-old Emanuel Burnette, who graduated from the workshop when it was held in Buxton, credited the programme as being the catalyst behind him furthering his knowledge in the ICT field.“I was not really familiar with the basic things on a computer; I had never really used a computer before, but after this class it has made a difference in my life because after that, I graduated from the ICT class, I went to do information technology at a club in Georgetown and it has benefited me a lot,” he said.It is for this reason, Burnette said, that he decided to lend his support to the programme and decided to volunteer at this workshop.In addition to ICT training, the workshop will also provide instruction on basic office skills, numeracy and literacy training, sexual and reproductive health, communication skills, telephone ethics, microenterprise development and training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) robotics.This is the fifth ICT workshop that has been held to date since the programme started last year.
SICKO thieves threatened a parishoner as they ransacked a parochial house – while a priest said Mass, Gardai have confirmed.Father Gerard Sweeney said he was saying 7.30pm Ash Wednesday Mass at St Aengus Church at Burt when the gang struck.A woman who had called to the parochial house to help tidy up after building work was dragged around the house as she was asked where his safe was. Father Sweeney said the parishoner was threatened with a screwdriver as the raiders ransacked each room.“She had no idea where the safe was,” said Father Sweeney, who is well-known throughout Ireland as the motorbiking priest.“She thought they were going to rape and kill her. When they found the safe, they locked her in a bathroom and she is claustrophobic.”The victim has described her attackers as in their 20s with ‘west of Ireland accents.’ The thieves took about €2,500 raised for church and charities as well as parish cheque books and personal cheque books.Superintendent Kevin English said: “We view this as a very serious incident, where a defenceless lady was subjected to such trauma. Every effort will be made to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.”Gardai spent today carrying out a forensic examination of the house. Officers are investigating a possible link to a VW Bora stolen in Carrigans three hours after the raid and found burnt out in Derry.Anyone who can help should call Buncrana Gardaí on 07493 20540.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyHOW LOW CAN THEY GO? THIEVES RANSACK PAROCHIAL HOUSE – PARISHONER THOUGHT SHE WOULD BE RAPED was last modified: February 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncrana gardaBURTfather gerard sweeneyhouse ransackedthieves
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