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Hanover Parish Library completes basic computer training programme for residents

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 3:00 AMClaudia Gardner
Some of the community members who participated in the Hanover Parish Library Network's Basic Computer Training programme.

The Hanover Parish Library Network recently staged its Basic Computer Training graduation ceremony for just over 25 community members from Lucea and its environs, at its headquarters at Watson Taylor Drive in Lucea.

The programme saw the participants, mainly females, undertaking training in introduction to computers, word processing, Internet use and social media.

In her keynote address, deputy mayor of Lucea and councillor of the Sandy Bay division of the Hanover Municipal Council, Andria Dehaney-Dinham, told the participants that age should not be a barrier for persons wishing to learn basic computing.

"The use of a computer has become a way of life in the modern world, and this makes it important for just about everyone to learn basic computer skills. So I am in no doubt that this programme that you have all completed will be beneficial to you," Dehaney-Dinham, who is also a school principal, said.

"In most places of business, a computer is standard. In the bank, it is used to look up your account information, and they use computers at the repair shops, hospitals, and libraries. So the point is that it doesn't matter where you find employment, there is a chance that the computer will be your basic tool," she added.

BOOSTING MARKETABILITY

Dehaney-Dinham also encouraged the participants to use their new-found knowledge to make themselves become more marketable and stay up to date with local and current affairs.

"This computer literacy programme should allow you to become good researchers and use your knowledge garnered to assist others. The knowledge of search engines like Google and Bing, knowing about Microsoft Word and Excel, knowing about the cursor and mouse among other things, should make you a brighter star in this world," she said.

"The aim of the trainer of this programme is for you to make a positive difference, so please, I beg of you, use it for the betterment of your community, your parish, and the country," the deputy mayor said.