Mocha-Arcadia gets ICT hub

THE Ministry of Public Telecommunications has opened an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub at the Mocha-Arcadia Community Centre, East Bank Demerara, geared at shoring up opportunities for the some 4,000 residents of the community.

“Technology is changing rapidly. When you look at the world it gives [the] opportunity to people regardless of where you are,” this was the advice given to the residents by Minister of Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes, as she explained the numerous benefits that the hub offers to all, young and the not so young.

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes and Director of Community Development and Social Management of the NDMA, Phillip Walcott, Barbara Boyce, Chairman, Management Committee, with two children cutting the ribbon to open the ICT Hub at the community centre
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes and Director of Community Development and Social Management of the NDMA, Phillip Walcott, Barbara Boyce, Chairman, Management Committee, with two children cutting the ribbon to open the ICT Hub at the community centre

“Education is the one thing that can change the prospects of your child. You have the opportunity with the hub, for that child to grow,” Minister Hughes told residents.

She added that the Internet enables persons to connect with others worldwide, whether through online classes, business ventures, or socialising. The minister revealed that the ministry will be providing learning materials in the coming weeks; List of 1000 questions- Grade Six Assessment, and CSEC pre-questions for students on the computers.

This project is a collaboration with the Ministry of Public Telecommunications (MoPT) and the National Data Management Authority (NDMA).

Phillip Walcott, Director of Community Development and Social Management of the NDMA, announced that very soon the ministry will launch a project to train volunteers in the areas with the ICT Hub.

Barbara Boyce, Chairman, Management Committee speaking at the opening ceremony
Barbara Boyce, Chairman, Management Committee speaking at the opening ceremony

This is to ensure that persons can be better assisted with the technology. The programme will entail basic management of the equipment, basic troubleshooting knowledge, and training on how to manage volunteers.

It was explained that the hub has some 20 laptops and a team of 12 persons to manage and monitor the operations. According to Barbara Boyce, Chairman, Management Committee, the hub will also soon be equipped with a printer. “We had a bumpy journey to this day, but we are here and very grateful.”

While commending the initiative, Boyce highlighted the need for individuals with technological backgrounds to help with the ICT hub.

The newly established hub provides free WiFi, mentors, consultation and support, computer training, and the opportunity to conduct research.

Source: Guyana Chronicle



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