Government works to promote One Laptop per Family program

Friday, January 14, 2011

Guyana's government is working to bridge the country's digital divide through its One Laptop per Family program, according to government information agency Gina.

The One Laptop per Family program will aim to help families benefit from development achievable through ICT by enhancing their technological skills and helping them learn how to access digital information.

According to the project's manager Sash Sukhdeo, a main strategy of the program is to get government and community groups involved. Guyana's government ministries, for example, are very active at the community, level thus providing an outlet to reach families and create awareness about the program, she said.

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Sukhdeo said that training, another important pillar of the program, will be facilitated through ministries and community groups. And it will be imperative to ensure that families are able to use the laptops properly, as simply handing them over would be useless, she added.