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Foundation sparks IT whizz-kid

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM

RenEe CARBY'S bright smile rivalled the sun as she shared her experiences of the Camara Jamaica Foundation with The Gleaner.

Camara Jamaica Foundation trains volunteers in computer repairs, who refurbish these computers to be used in educational institutions. They have installed almost 700 computers in 20 schools.

Prior to this, Carby was not fond of computers. She attended Maud Mcleod High School in Westmoreland, however, after graduating fifth form she could not find a job.

"I was a person that didn't like computers to tell the truth. When I started information technology in grade seven, I was good on the theory, but very slow in the practical. When the teacher said press enter, I didn't even know what she was talking about. Up to grade nine, I only liked theory." she told The Gleaner.

However, during the office administration course, Carby started learning the basics of computers and started getting comfortable with them. She enrolled in the office administration course under the ministry's Career Advancement Programme at Penwood High School in 2010.

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"After just sitting around doing nothing, my mother encouraged me to come to Kingston because there were more opportunities. She also told me I should learn a skill because it would help me out," she added.

The Camara programme was offered at the institution almost a year later in May 2011.

"My interest in computers was growing, I also heard about the Camara programme and computer repairs so I said to myself this is great and joined it. It was free as well so I used up this opportunity," she added.

Through Camara, Carby has learnt how to assemble a computer from scratch.

"To tell the truth, when I remember how I was before with computers, believe me, this programme enlightened me so much. I can take apart the computer and put it back together. I can identify the different components and what they do. It takes me from zero knowledge to being able to assemble a computer!" she exclaimed.

The 12-month technician course is a part of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP). The CAP is for students who graduated from fifth form and wish to indulge in a two-year skills training course.

After the course ends, Carby wants to continue in the same field. "I want to become a computer technician, I am even teaching myself things on my own. I enjoy doing the programme and I wish it will spark an interest in many young people," she said.