Students graduate from GuyBerNet

Guyana Chronicle
August 2, 1999

MORE than two dozen youths graduated from GuyberNet last Friday, after completing a two-week summer programme in computer studies and sustainable development.

Among those present at the ceremony were Mr Richard Olver, United Nations Resident Representative, Ms Audrey Glover, wife of British High Commissioner to Guyana and Mr Abraham Poole, Information Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Delivering the feature address, Olver remarked that the occasion signalled a key step in bringing Guyana further into the information age.

"Becoming computer literate is the single most important thing young people can do in preparing themselves for the 21st century," Olver told the youthful graduates.

Dr Simon Nuttal, intern and teacher during the July 19 to 29 programme, explained that the children were taught, among other things, how to use a computer.

Other resource persons were Rupert and Crispen Glover, two sons of the diplomat.

Last Friday, the children also displayed web pages depicting their drawings and essays on the subject of sustainable development.

GuyBerNet, a Global Information and Training Centre launched one month ago, has become the hub of youth related activities.

Pushing ahead with its goal to help young Guyanese, the organisation has already met and held discussions with a number of youth groups.

The groups include:

* Eccles/Moblissa Youth Leaders Council

* Evergreen Nature Study Group

* Region Four Association of Youth

* East Bank Group of the President's Youth Award Scheme

* National Coordinating Committee of the Millennium Young People's Congress, and

* Support Group for Guyana's Delegates to the Millennium Young People's Congress

At a press briefing last Tuesday in its Hadfield Street, Werk-en-Rust boardroom, Director Mr Trevor Benn said the organisation is also training two students from St Rose's High and North Georgetown Secondary Schools during a six-week work study stint.

Recently, at a Youth Consultation attended by some 50 students from six senior secondary schools, 1998 CXC top student Lennox Caleb and Frances Legall of President's College, were elected to represent Guyana at the Millennium Young People's Congress in Hawaii later this year.

They are currently being prepared by GuyBerNet for the Congress, Benn told reporters. (KIM LUCAS)

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