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Seniors doing it for themselves - 20 graduate after computer training

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:49 PM
Venetta Brown smiles as she collects her certificate from chairman of the library Racliffe O. Walters.

Twenty senior citizens graduated last week Wednesday after completing a computer training course at the St Ann Parish Library.

The course, which has been an annual occurrence since 2001, is held in conjunction with the National Council for Senior Citizens, and saw the 18 women and two men beaming with pride as they collected their certificates at the ceremony, held at the library.

With most of them retired, the seniors will not be using their new-found knowledge at the workplace. Instead, they say, it is an investment in themselves that will enable them to keep abreast of happenings in this technologically advanced age.

Seventy-three-year-old Llocksley Adams found the programme quite interesting, after being encouraged by his wife, who had done it previously.

"At first, I said I'm too old to start computer lesson, but then I realised that you have to have some knowledge about computers, and that was what drove me on," Adams explained.

"So I did it for my own personal benefit. My kids are in England and this will make life easier for me and for them, in terms of communication."

Another senior citizen, Hazel Sewell, said the course was "very good" and all the participants were very excited about it.

She recently got a laptop for her birthday and didn't know how to use it, so the course came in quite handy.

"I had to do the course for my own personal benefit because this is the age of technology and I don't want to be left behind," Sewell explained.

"And now I can show off on my grand kids," she added with a laugh.

Course very satisfying

Meanwhile, another participant, Dorothy Warmington, hailed the course as being very satisfying.

"We can go out now and help ourselves," she boasted.

"As senior citizens, I think it was a very good thing that they started this course, so that we can get ourselves acquainted with the computer and then we can really help ourselves."

"The real reason I did it is because I did not know anything about computers, and the way the world is going now we have to be technologically savvy because you feel left out, not knowing anything about computer."

Meanwhile, the instructor for the course since inception in 2001, Fitzroy Campbell, who came in for much praise by the participants of the course, will not be available next year. He was presented with a token of appreciation by the graduates.

Senior librarian Kelonie Noble said she was pleased to have another graduating class of seniors, and also hailed Campbell's contribution over the years.

The senior citizens were sent on their way with congratulatory words from guest speaker, Lance Neita, public relations officer at Noranda Bauxite.