Linden youths flock community NGO for ICT training

─ youths will be trained in office ethics, public speaking, microenterprise, Mathematics, English, sexual and reproductive health, Microsoft programmes, social work and robotics

The Linden Youth Network (LYN) is being flocked with young people wishing to participate in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workshop that the organisation would be facilitating.

LYN is an NGO formed out of the recently concluded Board of Industrial Training (BIT) facilitated ICT workshop, held in collaboration with the Office of the First Lady Sandra Granger. The 37 youths, after realising that they would have been significantly empowered by the training exercise, created the NGO to impart the skills learnt, to other youths residing in various communities in Linden.

A 12-week ICT workshop is soon to begin and has received an overwhelming response from Linden youths who are longing to be tech-savvy.

The movement has made significant headway in even attracting many sponsors from the diaspora who are also hoping to see Linden youths foster ICT skills that are needed in the technological world and workforce.

On Emancipation Day, Professor Joyanner Agnes made a significant contribution of five (5) Lenovo laptop computers, and an HP Printer and a backup surge protector amongst other items to the youth group. Professor Agnes had been approached by LYN member Monisa Niles and immediately made the contribution while giving her commitment to providing continuous support and guidance to the NGO. A few weeks prior, the group also received computers from other members of the diaspora.

LYN mentor, Deron Adams said that the NGO is extremely grateful for the contributions and support. “LYN wants to expand the perspective of young people to make them aware of life’s possibilities and so our focus is to empower youths in establishing goals and following through on commitments.”

Adams also related that the BIT has responded positively in accrediting the youths who will be facilitated by their very peers whom themselves were recently accredited. “A number of persons who would have been a part of the first training are today employed and we believe that by having BIT on board, it seals the faith of Guyana’s future.”

The Linden youths will be trained in office ethics, public speaking, microenterprise, Mathematics, English, sexual and reproductive health, Microsoft programmes, social work and robotics.

Upon the completion of the first 12-week workshop, LYN will be going into the various communities where ICT hubs are available to engage other youths.

Story and Image: Vanessa Braithwaite