Mahaica youths get computer centre through Presidentís youth programme

Stabroek News
December 12, 2002

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Youths in Helena Number One and Two, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (Region Four) are now the beneficiaries of a computer centre which is housed in the community centre that was recently rehabilitated at a cost of $1.3 million.

A Presidentís Youth Choice Initiative (PYCI) project, Presidential Advisor on Community Development Odinga Lumumba handed over the building and computers to the community on Sunday at a simple commissioning ceremony, the Government Information Agency (GINA) has reported.

The Helena Sports Club made representations and the rehabilitation of the building was completed in October while the computers were installed last month.

According to the agency, the computers are currently being used and the management committee will be developing a system for management and rental.

The computers are for the use of the entire community and the project is aimed at improving information technology in the communities, GINA reported.

It quoted the Community Development Officer, Andre Dukhia, as saying that throughout the Region there are approximately 15 computer centres which were made possible through the PYCI.

The Mahaica area, GINA said, has benefited from several projects through the PYCI, totalling in value $3 million. These include the construction of a new playground at Supply and the rehabilitation of the Unity playground.

Also present at the ceremony were Minister of Agriculture, Navin Chandarpal and Director of Sports Neil Kumar. Chandarpal urged residents to recognise the importance of the facility and utilise it properly, pointing out that a lot of information is available online that could aid in many areas.

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