Youths in Georgetown, Berbice and Linden begin 6-month course in Computer Coding, Programming

Saturday 10 February was Orientation and Day One classes and for just over 150 young people between 10 and 16 years old participating in the Ministry of Public Telecommunications’ ‘Code Camps 2019’.

They are attending their Saturday classes at the University of Guyana’s Tain Campus, at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) and the Government Technical Institute (GTI) in Georgetown.

Classes at the Essequibo Technical Institute and the New Amsterdam Technical Institute will begin within 2 to 3 weeks.

MoPT’s Training Co-ordinator, Donnella Collison, said that the level of enthusiasm is very high both among the 10 to 13 year-olds attending the morning sessions, and the 14-to-16 year-olds in the afternoon sessions. The latter are mostly returning students who had participated in the 2018 Code Camps. Their curriculum for the next six months is made up of intermediate level training modules in Coding, Programming, web design and some Robotics.

All classes in every region are being tutored by highly qualified ICT and Computer Science Instructors.

Code Camp 2019 is the first item on the Ministry’s outreach agenda for 2019. The year’s programme includes several competitions expected to attract ICT entrepreneurs and services providers. The software/products they produce, as always, will be utilized within the national economic structure.

The last Code Sprint competition was run off in collaboration with a local ICT company, Version 75. That competition was won by Team Innovative Systems, a group of young ICT specialists who designed an AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES TRADING EXCHANGE app to bring producers, sellers and buyers of plantains, pumpkins and other vegetables; fruits and dairy products, meats and other foods into a single online marketplace. The Agriculture Ministry is preparing to launch this new app.

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MoPT Code Camp 2019