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 22, 2009 - 21:01

The West Indian Manatee, is the largest surviving member of the Sirenia mammal order which also includes Dugongs and Sea Cows. They live in the West Indies, normally in shallow coastal areas, but sometimes in rivers and estuaries.

Manatees grow up to 3 metres in length and weigh between 400 and 600kg. Full grown ones eat up to 30kg of sea grasses and plants every day.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 01:32

Yesterday was the first day on the ‘Web Skills’ part of the ‘Web Skills Guyana’ programme. The flash course has now ended at Merundoi, sadly, though fortunately I will be seeing the Merundoi team today as Hugh and I have been assigned their group. With these guys I could not have asked for a better group of students. Their enthusiasm to learn has been great and they really impressed me with all the progress they made. Course materials will be uploaded to a wiki in good time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 11:53

At the recruitment day for this project, I joked that one of my reasons for wanting to come to Guyana was the chance of some sunshine this summer.

My smile was wiped from my face when I checked the weather forecast in Georgetown and saw this:

Georgetown weather

Monday, July 20, 2009 - 21:00

Last night we watched Guyanese tv news for the first time, and a significant portion of  the programme was dedicated to Guyana’s newly launched Low Carbon Development Strategy – Transforming Guyana’s Economy While Combatting Climate Change.

As 75% of Guyana’s land is covered with pristine rain forest, the main focus of the strategy is, unsurprisingly, about conservation and the role of rain forest in combatting climate change.

Monday, July 20, 2009 - 12:15

Station Street, Kitty

After a fairly gruelling journey on Friday, Pontus and I arrived in Georgetown in the early hours of Saturday. During the taxi ride from the airport we saw some crazy minibus driving, the Banks brewery and some beautiful, wooden, colonial-style houses – not a bad preview for what’s to come, I suspect.

Friday, July 17, 2009 - 16:31

Hi, I’m Hugh. I also heard about this project through an email forwarded from the station manager at Resonance FM, where, like Matt, I volunteer as a broadcast assistant and programme maker.


Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 23:30

At this precise moment I should be packing. I need to leave the house in five hours time and a bit of sleep would be a good idea at some point too.

I’m not packing though, I’m reading up about Guyana’s national football team. There’s a reason why I’m blogging about this but first, a little context.

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 23:02

Greetings, I’m Matt Gaffen and here’s my introduction.

I’m afraid a picture isn’t available at this juncture, but I’m sure you’ll catch sight of me at some point soon. Here’s the face of some kind of frog person I drew before coming out here instead;


Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 16:01

Just thought I’d post the video that got us all involved:

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 14:22

Hi, My name’s Pontus and here’s my introduction.


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