By:Curtis Morton

Charlestown-Nevis-Following hot on the heels of a successful initiative to educate seniors on Nevis, in the basic use of the computer, another similar course for seniors was launched on Monday 1st February.

The event took the form of a brief ceremony at the VOJN Primary School’s computer lab.

The ceremony was ably chaired by Mrs. Garcia Hendrickson, Coordinator of the Seniors’ division, who warmly welcomed all present, while Mrs. Elvina Webbe delivered the invocation.

Education officer, Mrs. Adina Taylor whose brain child it was, noted that she was extremely elated. She pointed out that she had taken heart after the successful completion of the first course, which she had put in place last year, with some trepidation.

She however noted that many of the seniors are now pretty computer literate and are sending emails and some have even established Facebook accounts and are shopping on line!

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development, Mr. Keith Glasgow, noted that the information technology industry is a fast paced and rapidly moving industry. He stated that in order for businesses and consumers to keep up and to be competitive, they need to be aware of and be up to date with what is going on in the computer world.

He pledged the Ministry’s support in equipping the seniors with the knowledge and skills for them to adapt to this technological age.

He also noted that there were eleven seniors booked for the course and there are also three Caregivers who are much younger but who are also enrolled to do the program.

He wished the trainers and trainees ‘tremendous success’ in the endeavour.

The vote of thanks was delivered by Mrs. Hendrickson.

The facilitators for the course are:

Miss Julie-Ann Parris; Mr. Sean Joseph and Mr. Lawrence Richards.

The course will be conducted on Monday mornings between the hours of 9am to 12.00 noon.

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