ICT for Seniors

(ZIZ News) — A weeklong series of training workshops in Information and Communication Technology continued on Friday with a special session for seniors at the Mcknight Community Centre.

During the opening ceremony Parliamentary Representative for the area, the Honourable Marcella Liburd said this type of training programme sends an important message that older persons can participate meaningfully in society.

“They can learn and continue to contribute to their communities. They are not to be discarded and isolated when they grow old. We therefore need to show our respect to them and advocate for, and promote their social, intellectual, and economic contributions in our communities,” she said.

She said these sessions would also help senior citizens connect with the younger generation

“With respect, we don’t know what our children are doing really because they are so way ahead of us with respect to their knowledge of ICT and so this exercise is extremely important to close that gap,” she said.

Minister of Telecommunications, The Hon Glenn Phillip said the workshop is part of a larger ICT for Seniors Programme.

“Today signifies the start of a new government policy for the information age to ensure that no longer will our elderly persons be left out. No citizen will be left behind. By the dynamic evolving of technologies that pervades our daily lives,” he said.

Topics covered during the workshop included an introduction to social media tools such as Facebook and Skype, online banking, and learning how to stay safe online.

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