69 youngsters in East Berbice receive Certificates and Special Prizes at end of 6-month Code Camps – Introductions to ICT

Some 69 students -10 to 16 year olds – in the East Berbice/Corentyne Region (6) can now boast about the new ICT skills they acquired over the past 6 months. Every Saturday from February to July this year, they attended computer classes free of charge at the University of Guyana’s John’s campus and the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI).

Simultaneous classes were also held at the Essequibo Technical Institute, the Linden Technical Institute and the Government Technical Institute in Georgetown. All told, a total of 215 children from as young as 10 years old began the six-month course by learning the basics of computer hardware and software, before moving on to Micro:Bit technology, Coding, Graphics and Website design.

MINISTER HUGHES PRESENTED SPECIAL PRIZES & CERTIFICATES
Kashnarine Seepersaud from the Corentyne, one of 5 top students at the Intermediate Level, spoke eloquently about the new knowledge he has gained which he believes will benefit him in the future. “I did HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language) and Python (a computer language), but I enjoyed Python more. Every week, this knowledge helped me to improve a lot in school. When I am older, I want to become a Web Designer,” he said at John’s.

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Fifteen-year-old Simeon Jonas who started at Level I, received a digital tablet and was named Top Student. The award for ‘Most Improved Student” went to Yogita Mangru, and for the most consistent attendance, to Dharshan Samlall. Three others received these special prizes and everyone a Certificate of Participation.

From the John’s Level I and Level II classes, 36 girls graduated along with 12 boys. Minster Hughes was suitably impressed and expressed her pleasure. “It seems that we could stop worrying that our girls may have been afraid of Mathematics and Technology,” she remarked.

One course facilitator, Mr. Ramnauth agreed, noting that even in school it was obvious to teachers that female students were no longer shying away from Mathematics.