GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday November 9, 2011 - Just around 1,000 Guyanese families received Netbook computers on Tuesday as government commenced the distribution phase of its One Laptop Per Family programme.
An additional 4,000 computers would be handed out from today at various areas throughout the country.
President Bharrat Jagdeo said the initiative aims to offer hope for the country and to transform the lives of the citizens.
“The goal is not just to get laptop in every home but to ensure that within three years, every single Guyanese is computer literate…we want to be the most computer literate country in the world,” he said.
The president explained that technology has significantly changed the way people relate to each other and has opened great possibilities for individuals and businesses.
“The developed world is already wealthy and if they have the most advanced tools in the world at their disposal that will generate the wealth of the future, then the gap between the developing countries and the developed world will continue to grow,” the head of state said.
“This sector that we are trying to create is one that has great potential to transform our economy and transform the way we live…this is why I see this activity as the beginning of a partnership between Government and the citizens of this country.”
The president called on parents to control the online sites visited by their children.
He urged them to be on guard for sexual predators and other negativities that can be found on the web.
He also appealed to the recipients not to sell the computers.
The country will have an estimated 57,000 laptops under the initiative by year end.
An additional 33,000 will be brought in through a grant from the People’s Republic of China enabling the achievement of the overall programme target of 90,000 laptops.