September 26, 2016

Turkish Govt donates 13 computers to Enterprise Primary School

– 2 ambulances given to Public Health Ministry

By Shemuel Fanfair

Students at the Enterprise Primary School are slated to garner skills in technology with a donation of several computer stations by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). On Wednesday, officials from TIKA handed over 13 computers and accessories, a server, one projector, 13 UPS back-up battery systems and one printer.

Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Delma Nedd and TIKA Director of South America, Mehmet Ozkan (centre)

Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Delma Nedd and TIKA Director of South America, Mehmet Ozkan (centre)

Gladys Dickson-Damon, the school’s Headmistress thanked TIKA and Education Ministry officials for the equipment.
“On behalf of my staff, parents, I would just like to say thank you so much for this donation to our school because I think this is a good initiative,” posited Dickson-Damon. She stated that she always wanted to see the establishment of a computer laboratory and noted that she was pleased to see this initiative before she retired later this year.
Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Delma Nedd observed that the contribution by the Turkish Government was “timely”, and noted that the Government of Guyana was working to ensure that at least 50 per cent of primary schools had computers.
“The Government (of Guyana) for the past four to five years has a strategic plan – 2014-2018, which has a mandate to equip 100 per cent of secondary schools with computers and 50 per cent of primary schools. We would have fulfilled the 100 per cent of our secondary schools, but we are working feverishly to achieve the 50 per cent in primary schools over the next two years,” stated the Permanent Secretary.
Head of the Ministry’s Management Information System Unit, Yoganand Indarsingh, in giving brief remarks at the handing over ceremony, said that the Ministry intended to “equip our nation’s students with [Information and Communication Technology] ICT skills and technology” to foster their development.
TIKA Director of South America, Mehmet Ozkan praised the initiative and noted that Turkey intended to engage in further collaborations with Guyana.
“We are glad to be here…we intend to have future integration; hopefully, this project will last long and we want to continue to cooperate with the Ministry of Education and also with Health,” stated Ozkan.
Also on Wednesday, TIKA donated two fully equipped ambulances to the Public Health Ministry at a cost of $25 million. One of the ambulances will be stationed at Skeldon. It was said that the vehicles would be used to “enhance service delivery and transport time for patients”.
TIKA focuses on development collaborations and is currently in 140 countries.

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