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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 20:55

One thing that has struck me since I arrived in Guyana is the low levels of visible poverty compared to other developing countries I’ve been to. Georgetown doesn’t have the seemingly endless slums of Nairobi, Mumbai or Johannesburg. There are no glue-sniffing street children, no smoldering piles of rubbish and no pot holes in the streets.

But Guyana is a poor country, isn’t it?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 02:07

You take it for granted that you can pick up a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide to pretty much every country under the sun. Guyana, however, has only one dedicated English language guidebook to its name, by Bradt. The first edition came out just last year. In short, unlike its South American or Caribbean neighbours, Guyana is not on the tourist trail – either for backpackers or tour goers.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 18:57

Me and Chris bartered a wager over what would come up if you searched ‘Flickr’ on the flickr website.

It was a fly.

A Fly

A Fly

Chris owes me $10 (Guyanese)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 16:54

I’m teaching a group from Merundoi how to use WordPress.com as part of our web skills project. They’re picking it up very quickly so hopefully we’ll be able to cover some cool stuff this afternoon.

We’re going to have lunch in a little while. I’m hoping it’s going to be chicken.

Monday, July 27, 2009 - 07:15

This is really a post for our parents/guardians/significant others.

You’ll be pleased to know we’re eating well. At NCERD we get lunch – usually chicken-based – and at home we’ve had fish curry, vegetable curry and lentil and black-eyed pea stew (pic below).

Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 06:45

When we came to Guyana we didn’t quite know what to expect in terms of the hardware or software that would be available. As it happens, some of the best software available doesn’t cost a penny so we brought a memory stick stuffed with free software.

At various stages of the course we’ll be using:

Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 17:40

The students have all been kind with us, speaking the Queen’s English in lessons. We’d have been in trouble if they’d chosen to use the Guyanese Creole that many use among their friends and at home.

That said, we’ve picked up a little. Current favourite expressions are:

Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 06:38

Just a quick post to rectify a very common mistake.

We’re teaching in Guyana, otherwise known as the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana, which can be found on the northern coast of South America.

In fact, although it’s part of South America, the country has more in common with it’s close Caribbean neighbours. Here’s a map:


Friday, July 24, 2009 - 16:14

Every Wednesday after finishing our workshops me and the guys have walked back to our flats in Kitty via the National Park to get our weekly sporting fix. Nope, not cricket. Ultimate Frisbee.

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 22:08


We’ve just finished teaching the HTML and social networking part of the course.

We were really pleased with how all the groups took to writing HTML. For a handful the lesson was a refresher course; for most HTML was completely unknown to them beforehand.

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