More than 300 teenagers will have the opportunity to sharpen their computer skills at the IT For Teens summer programme.
The initiative, a partnership between the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development and telecommunications giant Flow, is already underway at 13 community centres across the island, including at Bush Hall, St Michael and St Marks, St Philip for the first time.
Today, Flow’s Barbados Director of Corporate Communications & Stakeholder Management Marilyn Sealy officially handed over the sponsorship cheque for this year’s programme at a short ceremony at the ministry’s Warrens office.
Sealy said since 2010 Flow has invested more than half a million dollars in the programme, adding that the company was looking forward to providing young Barbadians with tangible opportunities to develop skills.
She urged the participants to use the programme as “a stepping stone to a brighter future”, adding that the skills acquired should help them to advance their academic pursuits.
For his part, Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett said the programme, now in its eighth year, would “benefit in no short measure” those who have the opportunity to participate in a wholesome activity this summer.
Training will focus on Computer Graphics, Basic Computer Repairs, Introduction to Microsoft Office and Webpage Design.
Blackett said this year’s programme had been expanded to include a Caribbean Vocational Qualification in Information Technology programme being offered by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council to some of participants.
“The number of participants scheduled to be certified are 48 that is a significant increase from the 36 that we had just last year, ” the Minister said.
In addition, past outstanding students have been given the opportunity to intern as counsellors at the camp.
In keeping with the 50th anniversary of Independence, campers will be required to showcase or promote something that is “strictly Bajan” by either creating a website or an advertisement for the final project.
More than 2,000 teenagers have graduated from the programme since 2010.