Educator commends seniors, parish library
THE ST ANN Parish Library and the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) came in for much praise from educator Keisha-Ann Tingle, regional literacy coordinator with the Ministry of Education Region 3, as yet another group of seniors graduated after completing a computer course at the parish library.
Forty-four senior citizens graduated on Wednesday after completing the course, hosted by the parish library. It was the second set of graduates for 2014
"This is a good thing and I must commend the National Council for Senior Citizens. I must commend the parish library and all the other branches for taking this initiative to another level where we can have our members here sitting proudly to say, 'Yes, I have accomplished another milestone'," Tingle, guest speaker at the graduation, stated.
Citing the increasing use of technology in today's society, Tingle encouraged the seniors to put their new-found skills to everyday use.
"It's not to say we are computer literate and we have our certificates, but we apply it," she encouraged. "And it's the same thing we encourage our students to do, apply whatever you learn to real life situations."
Able to assist children
She further underlined the importance of the course the seniors have taken, saying they are now in a position to assist children with their homework, using the tablet now being introduced in schools by the education ministry.
One of the graduates, valedictorian Densil Parris, in his response on behalf of the group, thanked the library and other sponsors of the programme.
"We want to assure our teachers that we will keep practising our newly acquired skills so that we won't forget what we've been taught and what we have learnt," Parris said.
Kay Hendricks, parish manager, National Youth Service, and Annette Stephenson, chairman of the NCSC parish committee, handed out the certificates.
Former custos, Radcliffe Walters, chair of the parish library committee; Samuel Lyon, parish manager, Jamaica Foundation
for Lifelong Learning, and Charmaine McFarlane, acting parish manager, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, all brought greetings.