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First Lady launches 3rd ICT Workshop in Linden

first_imgOver the course of the next four weeks, 40 additional youths from the Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community will benefit from an Information Communication Technology (ICT) training workshop, an initiative of the Office of First Lady Sandra Granger in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry and the Board of Industrial Training (BIT). The programme, which is the third of its kind in Linden, targets adolescents and out-of-school youths between the ages of 16 to 25 and was launched at the Linden Enterprise Network on Monday.Some of the persons who will benefit from the ICT trainingIt will see participants being trained with job-readiness skills. Speaking at the launching ceremony, First Lady Sandra Granger emphasised the importance of ICT in ensuring that youths are well equipped to meet the challenges Guyana will be faced with in moving forward.“We keep going after ICT because…this is where the jobs lie. Robots would have taken over sixty per cent of our jobs…It is estimated that ninety per cent of the jobs women do will be done by robots or through technology. So, this is why I’m all fired up to get women involved in ICT…The young people of Guyana are a major part of our population, so it is a fact that you are the ones who have to take us forward…As you know, eyes are on Guyana, not only with the discovery of oil but all the technology associated with it, not least among which would be ICT technologies,” the First Lady told participants.She also challenged communities to move towards digitising records, hence giving persons skilled in ICT an opportunity to develop their skills. In giving an overview of the workshop, Chief Facilitator Fitzroy Younge extended gratitude to the First Lady on behalf of the people of Linden. He also credited her for the belief that ICT is the new frontier of change which fosters poverty alleviation. Younge said the objective of the programme is to empower not only young adults but unskilled and vulnerable groups within the community.He added that elements of the workshop will also entail “Soft Skills”, which will include telephone ethics, interviewing and communication skills, etc, while ICT will include Knowledge basics and keyboard references, Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint and Micro-Enterprise, among others. Other classes will include Numeracy and Literacy, Sexual and Reproductive Health and STEM Robotics. In his remarks, Regional Chairman Renis Morian pointed out that the initiative was created by Government with emphasis on young people, whom he noted are the future leaders. He encouraged the participants to seize the opportunity, noting that the sky is the limit.“Don’t just see this as (a) one-off, don’t just see this as we’re just teaching ICT, but the whole business is to ready your mind for developmental work programmes and jobs that would be coming your way,” Morian said.Seventy-nine persons have been trained so far from the region via the initiative which is available throughout all the 10 Administrative Regions.last_img read more

Glendale homeless site may not open

first_imgGLENDALE – For the first time in more than a decade, Glendale could have no winter shelter to save the homeless from the cold this year. No group has applied to run the shelter at the Glendale Armory, which serves homeless people suffering from mental illness and drug addiction. “They have to find someplace to go when there’s inclement weather,” said Bruce Nelson, director of community services at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. “If we don’t have (the shelter) there will be people who will suffer exposure and they will get sick.” The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority funds similar shelter programs in Santa Clarita, Sylmar and other parts of the county, said David Howden, a funding manager for the agency. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.This year, no one had applied to run the shelter in Glendale when the deadline passed Sept. 19. It is supposed to open Dec. 1. LAHSA is still accepting applications from any group willing to run the center. Last year, 133 homeless people a night stayed at the center, Howden said. The YMCA of Glendale ran the shelter for several years, but stopped in 2006. The group had to use its own money because LAHSA didn’t provide enough funds, said John Thomas, president and CEO of local YMCA. Volunteers of America ran the winter shelter last year, but that group has not applied to run it this year. Glendale has nearly 300 homeless people on any given night, 79 of them chronically homeless and 85 of them children, according to a report to the city’s Housing Authority. In a report released last week, LAHSA said the San Fernando Valley has 6,411 homeless people every night. PATH Achieve Glendale has applied to the county for funding to start a 24-hour, year-round shelter with 25 beds. But even if approved, the $1million program would not start until next year. The agency already runs a 40-bed shelter on San Fernando Court, but that’s exclusively for participants who go through sobriety screening, not for just any homeless person who would use a winter shelter. [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more