Web Skills for Guyana

In Summer 2009, a small team of young adults (18 - 35) spent six-weeks in Guyana running workshops, training events and skill-sharing sessions with young people to develop the online skills of young people in Guyana.

The need for such a project has been identified through the work of VSO Volunteer Jane Quinn (on a year our from her work with the education team at the BBC) and CYEC are involved in recruiting and supporting the UK team of young online experts.

We asked the host organisations in Guyana to put together the short video below to give you a flavour of the need for the project...


Look out for the latest updates from this project below.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 19:54

Day 2 Morning – Phonemes:

The morning session for day two comprised firstly of importing a set of elements into the flash interface. These elements are known as phonemes:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 18:21

This was a half-day session aiming to build on the blogging lessons from the main course. The idea being to build on the students’ basic knowledge and introduce them to

Tools of the trade

We used WordPress.com in the lessons, but there are other blogging platforms, each with slightly different features.

Monday, August 10, 2009 - 23:39

This morning workshop was split into two parts. The first part looked at finding and downloading images; the second editing and improving the images with the open source image editing programme GIMP.

Monday, August 10, 2009 - 17:09

During a break in the lessons last week I picked up a copy of the phone book and flicked through to the web design section. There were only a few companies listed:

Website design in Guyana

Interesting that not all of them give a URL for their website.

Monday, August 10, 2009 - 00:11

WordPress Pumpkin

We asked the students to log in to their WordPress.com accounts and go back to the blogs they had set up the previous week.

Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 16:38

WordCamp 2009

In the first of the two sessions on blogging we introduced the students to WordPress, explaining that it’s a very popular, free blogging service that comes with several useful features including:

Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 17:46

This post ties together two previous ones – Hugh’s description of our trip to Arrowpoint and my post positing the idea of a Georgetown Social Media Cafe which I closed by saying:

I’ve seen plenty of proof that there are people hungry to learn and develop their skills

Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 17:43

In this session we gave a brief overview of online marketing and selling, finishing with an exercise where the students presented a quickly-devised online marketing plan.

Ecommerce flip chart

Friday, August 7, 2009 - 17:23

After teaching the groups how to make websites using HTML and the blogging platform WordPress.com we focused on best practice in terms of design and content in the afternoon session of week three.

Friday, August 7, 2009 - 17:11

The flash animation course was a precursor to the main web skills course which was taught as a week long ’slab’ to a select few students.

The high intensity four-day course which was broken down into:

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