– 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.
Kolkata: A fire broke at an office in Sector V’s SDF Building on Wednesday morning. Four fire tenders fought the blaze for two hours before bringing it under control. Preliminary investigation revealed that electrical short circuit might have led to the fire. The extent of damage is yet to be ascertained. No one has been injured in the incident.Some employees of an IT firm housed on the third floor of the office building in the morning spotted the flames which quickly spread to the fourth floor. There was panic among the employees who ran for safety. Four fire tenders went to the spot and doused the flames. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt has been learnt that the fire extinguishers along with the fire-fighting equipment were not working. Even the fire exit was under lock and key. Sujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services, who visited the site said a major disaster was averted due to the timely intervention of the fire brigade personnel. He expressed his displeasure over the non-functioning of the fire-fighting equipment. In regard to this, he added that the fire audit will be conducted in shopping malls and institutional buildings where people pay regular visits. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe also maintained that the fire-fighting drills are not conducted regularly. As a result, the fire-fighting equipment do not work during emergency. He said the fire audit will be conducted in all housing complexes and office buildings which are visited by hundreds of people daily. It may be mentioned that Bose had made a surprise visit at a shopping mall in Kankurgachi last week where he found that the fire-fighting gadgets were not in working condition. It may be mentioned that the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has decided to engage a private agency to conduct fire audits in all shopping malls, institutional buildings in New Town.
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