Digital Guyana

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This post ties together two previous ones – Hugh’s description of our trip to Arrowpoint and my post positing the idea of a Georgetown Social Media Cafe which I closed by saying:

I’ve seen plenty of proof that there are people hungry to learn and develop their skills

On the way to Arrowpoint we stopped off at Santa Mission, an Amerindian reservation that’s home to a couple of hundred people. We were given a tour and saw kids playing in the river and kicking a football around the main field.

After taking in the school, craft centre and a few other sights we made our way back to our boat, sstopping off at a non-descript building with a small generator sat outside. We weren’t expecting what we saw inside:

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Roughly half the village’s young people crammed around a handful of computers, eager to learn and play.

I spoke to the volunteer who was working with the children (sorry, his name escapes me). They’ve not got internet access yet but it’s the next step and in the meantime the children are learning basic computer skills and, naturally, playing lots of games.

Our guide explained that although Santa Mission is fairly remote, when the children are old enough to go to the bigger schools in town it’s important that they’re not left trailing behind in such an important area as computer skills.

The good news for Guyana is that the generation coming up is keen to learn – we’ve seen it with the school groups that we’ve been teaching in the capital and we saw it again in a remote village.


Bringing web skills to Guyana

A volunteer project from CYEC (Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council)

Guyana on Flickr