[www.inewsguyana.com] – Residents of Kwakwani, Region Ten, and neighbouring communities have been urged to assist with the verification of persons who have applied for laptops as the Government of Guyana aims to ensure 90,000 families across the country receive the devices.
Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Juan Edghill, visited the community of Kwakwani recently at which time the One Laptop Per Family Programme (OLPF) was engaged in distribution of over 700 laptops to families in Kwakwani and neighbouring communities along the Berbice River.
Minister Edghill explained to residents that in common-law marriages where persons reside in the same household, with different last names, they are still considered as a single family by the Government.
He further explained to residents that the Government’s goal is to bridge the Information Communication Technology (ICT) gap for Guyanese, and as such, every family that qualifies to receive the laptop will benefit.
“It is not fair for us to give two and three laptops per home when someone else could have gotten the opportunity to receive a laptop. Let us be our brother’s keeper! Let us not try to trick the system,” the Minister urged.
The Minister noted that the aim and objective of the OLPF programme is to carry out a promise made by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), through former President Bharrat Jagdeo.
He told the recipients that education should be available for the people in the Berbice River and Kwakwani, the way it is for persons in other parts of Guyana. He stated that the laptop can be an enabling tool for children to perform better in schools because of the vast availability of information it possesses through the internet. [Extracted and modified from GINA]