Ministry of Public Telecommunications in ‘tech-savvy’ drive

The Ministry of Public Telecommunications is not only providing the physical infrastructure for internet access but also ensuring citizens can become more tech savvy.

This is according to Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes at a mid-review of the ministry’s progress for 2018.

She said that while to date over 135 ICT hubs have been established across the nation, the ministry places a great emphasis on training as part of recognising “that by 2025, 75 percent of the jobs in the world would mandate that a person must have some ICT skills.” As a result, the ministry has commenced implementing “a very aggressive training programme to ensure that our citizens are not left behind.”

She also hoped that as a result of training programmes, people would be inspired to become entrepreneurs. One of the areas being focused on is website building and website design. Minister Hughes pointed out that with Guyana transitioning to a technological era, businesses will need websites.

“Once we teach each young people how to design a website, and to do the back end of it, not just using the website but actually designing it, launching the website, then it gives them the skills to become their own entrepreneurs and they can then sell their skills.”

The ministry has been hosting camps for youths across the country aimed at providing youths with basic computer skills as well as teaching them coding and programming skills.

Source: Anara Khan – DPI

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