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.

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 04:59

Matt and me bought a guitar in downtown Georgetown a few weeks ago.

Kitty the guitar

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 19:29

We’ve got a week and a half left on this project and we’re starting to think about what we’ll be leaving behind.

As it stands, two community groups, a group of teachers and a bunch of young people will be left with a grasp on some basic web skills – image editing, website design, blogging and good content. We hope that the community groups and teachers will be able to pass their new skills on to others.

What else?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 21:07

Black water. Also note the mosquito bites on Chriss feet

I’d like to take a moment to talk to you about water.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 05:07

We sadly had to say goodbye to one our team members on Friday. Pontus, who was only able to participate in the project for two weeks, is now back in London and his job with Futurebuilders.

Monday, August 3, 2009 - 18:14

Film crew in the classroom

Last week we were visited by a film crew from NCN, the national Guyanese TV channel.

They took some shots inside the classroom and then stepped outside to interview Hugh Reilly, Michael from Youth Challenge and myself.

Friday, July 31, 2009 - 18:27

…one of the students gave us a PINEAPPLE!

A happy chap with a pineapple

Friday, July 31, 2009 - 18:24

In the morning of the second day we covered CSS – cascading style sheets.


p>In the previous week we had covered inline styles – (for example


We explained that that is one way of doing it but that it is really impractical as you have to define the style each time you use an element. A much better way of doing it is using an external style sheet where you only define the style of each tag once.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 17:08

After a morning introducing the students to HTML, the afternoon session in week 1 gave the students a chance to step away from the computer screens and have a general discussion around the uses of social networks.

As a way of sparking dicussion we showed a film called Us Now, a film project about the power of mass collaboration and the internet.

The film featured the following examples of Internet-based group collaboration/organisation:

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 15:51

HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language – the tags and attributes that are used to explain to a web browser how to display a page on the internet.

In the first lesson of the course we introduced the students to HTML and got them to build a very basic personal website with a homepage and separate pages for links and contact details.

Firstly, we asked them to open Notepad and create an html page using the and tags. The importance of closing all tags was emphasised.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 13:19

Call me a two-timing rascal, but I’ve been blogging elsewhere since I’ve been out here in Guyana.

The kind folk at Apples & Snakes (the national poetry organisation in the UK) have asked me to contribute some guest posts to My Place Or Yours, a blog-based project they’re billing as:

A new kind of writer residency, exploring real and virtual places across five regions of England

…and now Guyana too.

Anyway, I’ve just written three posts so far:

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