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OLPF not just about a computer - offers hope, possibilities - President Jagdeo
-1000 benefit as distribution kicks off


Georgetown, GINA, November 8, 2011
Source - GINA

This beaming senior citizen poses with her laptop with President Bharrat Jagdeo, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, PPPC Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar and OLPF’s Senior Project Officer Sesh Sukhdeo

Today marked a historic day in Guyana as 1,000 Guyanese families received their Haier Netbooks as the distribution phase of Government’s One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) Programme officially commenced. Distribution of 4,000 more instruments will commence as early as tomorrow at hubs in the various regions.

Delivering his remarks at the distribution ceremony at the National Cultural Centre, President Bharrat Jagdeo said that this initiative is not merely about a computer; but rather it is a project to bring Guyana and its citizens together as the instruments, “offer great hope for transformation in your personal lives and in our country.”

President Bharrat Jagdeo presenting a laptop to a recipient

By the end of this year, 57,000 of the devices are expected to arrive in Guyana and funding has already been secured through a grant from the Chinese Government to finance the remaining 33,000 to make up the grand total of 90,000 as targeted by the programme.

President Jagdeo relayed the assurance of the PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Donald Ramotar, that if elected, he stands committed to ensuring the continuation of this programme so that every single Guyanese family will benefit.

“The goal is not just to get laptop in every home but to ensure that within three years, every single Guyanese is computer literate…we want to be the most computer literate country in the world,” he said.

He explained that apart from the rapid growth in income, there has also been a significant change in the way people relate to each other particularly in terms of business transactions. He noted that 20 years ago, the biggest companies in the world produced things that could be touched such as telephones, vehicles and other such appliances.

Today, however, the most successful companies that are worth billions in the stock exchanges are those that exist in virtual reality (cyberspace).

Proud laptop recipients.

This means that the creation of ideas and the ability to express and sell those ideas via the internet will be very important in the future development of any country and Guyana is no exception.

“Technology has opened up great possibilities…the developed world is already wealthy and if they have the most advanced tools in the world at their disposal that will generate the wealth of the future, then the gap between the developing countries and the developed world will continue to grow,” the Head of State highlighted.

The gap that exists among countries of the world, also exist within countries as there are many rich families that can afford this modern tool; resulting in their children having access to better families than those coming from disadvantaged homes.

The President said that there is new and emerging economies comprising sectors of the future that will add to the productivity of the traditional ones while at the same time drive the new sectors such as oil and gas, environmental sustainability, agro-processing, plantation-type agriculture, eco-tourism and Information Communication Technology (ICT), to wealth creation in Guyana.

“This sector that we are trying to create is one that has great potential to transform our economy and transform the way we live…after you leave here with that computer, many of you are going to be closer to being part of that future; that new economy…this is why I see this activity as the beginning of a partnership between Government and the citizens of this country,” President Jagdeo said.

The recipients were asked to ensure that all the members of their family are trained in the use of the computer. They were also asked to give 30 hours of their time to assist in training others, so that no one is left behind. He pointed out that this arrangement will boost volunteerism, which to some extent, is lost in the Guyanese society.

The Haier Netbooks

This project is also aimed at modernising Government services; whereby a number of public facilities such as hospitals, schools, and police stations among others will be connected through the fibre optic cable that is coming from Brazil, providing bandwidth. This project is expected to be completed by early next year.

A WIMAX system will be developed in the city and other populated areas; while another type of technology called EVDO which will enable over 80,000 people to have access to internet connectivity.

Meanwhile, another Chinese company has been contracted to lay a fibre optic cable from Crabwood Creek, Region Six to Charity, Region Two to add to the cable coming from Lethem to Linden and subsequently to the coast.

“This means that we will have fibre optic backbone across the entire country that will allow us to move capacity and to get internet services into these areas…in the United States of America there are 50 million people who are not computer literate and about 20 percent of families do not have a computer, we go ahead of all of those countries and it is possible,” the President posited.

Government is also working on a partnership with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) company to ensure that people have affordable internet connectivity. Further, health, education, e-government, and security applications will be installed on the fibre optic backbone.

The President said once all of these plans take off the possibilities are endless for Guyanese citizens, as they will be able to access important Government services from the comfort of their homes.

He highlighted that one of the promises outlined in the PPP/C 2011 manifesto has to do with ensuring that the University of Guyana (UG) has an online degree programme so that persons, particularly single parent women who work during the day, can have access to university education without leaving their homes and at their own convenience.

The President rejected outright, allegations purported by the Opposition that Government is planting “bugs” on the computers to invade people’s privacy.

He also refuted statements printed in the Kaieteur News that the computers were bought from some friend of the PPP/C and stored at someone’s “bottom-house” as it is a corrupt deal.

He reaffirmed that the purchase was done through a public process by Haier, a large multi-billion dollar company, which tendered directly; hence, Government will able to strike a good deal for the devices.

As a result of Haier winning the contract to supply the computers, the company is now establishing a manufacturing plant in Guyana that will assemble computers as well as a range of other items for the Caribbean market.

The President called on parents to exercise control over the sites that their children visit when they go online and urged them to be on guard for sexual predators and other negativities that can be found on the web. He also appealed to the recipients not to sell the computers as they will be giving up a chance of a bright future.

Since the launch of the programme, the OLPF Secretariat has received over 44,000 applications of which over 21,000 have been verified. Moreover, 200 ICT hubs or places of learning have been established and 35 have been activated to cater to the needs of this first batch of recipients.

Last month, the first shipment of 5000 Haier Netbooks, valued more than US$1.4M arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
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OLPF programme - First 1,000 laptops distributed to most vulnerable

Written by Johann Earle
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 03:22
Source - Guyana Chronicle

A recipient smiles as she receives her laptop from President Jagdeo at the National Cultural Centre yesterday.

Government yesterday distributed the first 1,000 laptops under the One Laptop Per Family project, and will during this week hand over the remaining 4,000 out of a batch of 5,000 which arrived in the country by air last week.

Delivering the charge to the recipients of the new computers at the National Cultural Centre was President Bharrat Jagdeo, who urged them not to sell the laptops. He said that if they do this, it would be like selling a potential billion dollar opportunity for an immediate gain of $100.

Further, he disclosed that as a result of the contract to supply the computers, Haier, the Chinese firm that won the bid, will be establishing a manufacturing plant in Guyana in order to supply Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean with computers and appliances.

From today, the remaining 4,000 families will begin receiving their laptops at IT hubs nearest to them. The first wave of recipients are persons who are students and vulnerable, such as single parents and the differently-abled.

Dancers entertaining the audience with a performance, the highlight of which was this lass bearing one of the laptops.

“Today I want to talk to you about the great possibility that you have at your disposal...it is just plastic and metal, but it offers great hope for transformation in your personal lives and in our country,” he said.

“The sector we are trying to create is a sector that has the greatest potential for the future,” the President said. Directly addressing the participants, he said, “You will be a part of that process.”

He said, “We have 180,000 households in Guyana, and 90,000 of them will receive a computer from the government, half of the families in Guyana.”

The President also expressed confidence that the programme will continue under a Donald Ramotar presidency, should the PPP/C win the elections come November 28.

The President performing the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the handing over of the first phase of laptops yesterday.

He said that he sees the event as the beginning of a partnership between the government and the people of Guyana. “The dream is a simple one: that every household has a computer,” he said. He added that all that is required is that the recipients give 30 hours of their time participating in training others, as they have been trained under the programme. “This project will help Guyana to regain a spirit of volunteerism,” adding that it will bring Guyanese together and make the country more competitive.

He said that while 57,000 of the laptops have been secured, funding has been secured for the remaining 33,000 laptops.

The programme was announced by the government two years ago, and since then it has been working to get to the point where people would actually receive a laptop. “This is not the end. It is just the midway point in what we hope to achieve,” he said, adding that there is no reason why, with this initiative, Guyana cannot become the most computer literate country in the world.

No bugs

The President assured that the computers do not have ‘bugs’ on them for tracking people, and that they should not be fearful nor listen to the naysayers spreading the falsehood about the programme.

He said that if the gap between the rich and the poor is closed by the government through this initiative, then poor people’s children will have access to the technology that could change their lives through the creation of opportunities. “The new world, as you know, will value education and knowledge more than anything else. So that is a compelling case for us to close this gap in our country itself,” he said.

A woman with a disability receives her laptop from the President. Looking on are Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar.

“This is why in the PPP/C Government we have outlined a new economy...an economy of the future, an economy that makes the traditional sectors more productive, but at the same time branches off into the new sectors that will generate the jobs and wealth for all of our people, so all of our kids could be employed,” he said. Some of these new sectors, he said, are oil and gas, the environmental sector, plantation type agriculture, eco-tourism and ICT. “This sector that we are trying to create is a sector that has great potential for the future...potential to transform our economy and transform the way we live,” he said.

“Today, many of you are going to be closer to being part of that future and of the new economy and of transforming Guyana,” he said.

Since the application process was opened in May this year, about 44,000 applications were received, and of that over 21,000 of them have been verified. Further, 200 ICT hubs have been set up, and of these, 35 of them have been activated in various parts of the country.

The president said that government will work with GT&T to ensure that there is internet connectivity for all the laptops, even if it will not be broadband at the beginning.

“But as we bring in more cables and make more investment, those speeds will increase,” he said. He spoke also of government services being accessible through the use of the computers.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 November 2011 03:26 )
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Originally posted by Demerara_Guy:
OLPF not just about a computer - offers hope, possibilities - President Jagdeo
-1000 benefit as distribution kicks off


Georgetown, GINA, November 8, 2011
Source - GINA

This beaming senior citizen poses with her laptop with President Bharrat Jagdeo, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, PPPC Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar and OLPF’s Senior Project Officer Sesh Sukhdeo

Today marked a historic day in Guyana as 1,000 Guyanese families received their Haier Netbooks as the distribution phase of Government’s One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) Programme officially commenced. Distribution of 4,000 more instruments will commence as early as tomorrow at hubs in the various regions.

Delivering his remarks at the distribution ceremony at the National Cultural Centre, President Bharrat Jagdeo said that this initiative is not merely about a computer; but rather it is a project to bring Guyana and its citizens together as the instruments, “offer great hope for transformation in your personal lives and in our country.”

President Bharrat Jagdeo presenting a laptop to a recipient

By the end of this year, 57,000 of the devices are expected to arrive in Guyana and funding has already been secured through a grant from the Chinese Government to finance the remaining 33,000 to make up the grand total of 90,000 as targeted by the programme.

President Jagdeo relayed the assurance of the PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Donald Ramotar, that if elected, he stands committed to ensuring the continuation of this programme so that every single Guyanese family will benefit.

“The goal is not just to get laptop in every home but to ensure that within three years, every single Guyanese is computer literate…we want to be the most computer literate country in the world,” he said.

He explained that apart from the rapid growth in income, there has also been a significant change in the way people relate to each other particularly in terms of business transactions. He noted that 20 years ago, the biggest companies in the world produced things that could be touched such as telephones, vehicles and other such appliances.

Today, however, the most successful companies that are worth billions in the stock exchanges are those that exist in virtual reality (cyberspace).

Proud laptop recipients.

This means that the creation of ideas and the ability to express and sell those ideas via the internet will be very important in the future development of any country and Guyana is no exception.

“Technology has opened up great possibilities…the developed world is already wealthy and if they have the most advanced tools in the world at their disposal that will generate the wealth of the future, then the gap between the developing countries and the developed world will continue to grow,” the Head of State highlighted.

The gap that exists among countries of the world, also exist within countries as there are many rich families that can afford this modern tool; resulting in their children having access to better families than those coming from disadvantaged homes.

The President said that there is new and emerging economies comprising sectors of the future that will add to the productivity of the traditional ones while at the same time drive the new sectors such as oil and gas, environmental sustainability, agro-processing, plantation-type agriculture, eco-tourism and Information Communication Technology (ICT), to wealth creation in Guyana.

“This sector that we are trying to create is one that has great potential to transform our economy and transform the way we live…after you leave here with that computer, many of you are going to be closer to being part of that future; that new economy…this is why I see this activity as the beginning of a partnership between Government and the citizens of this country,” President Jagdeo said.

The recipients were asked to ensure that all the members of their family are trained in the use of the computer. They were also asked to give 30 hours of their time to assist in training others, so that no one is left behind. He pointed out that this arrangement will boost volunteerism, which to some extent, is lost in the Guyanese society.

The Haier Netbooks

This project is also aimed at modernising Government services; whereby a number of public facilities such as hospitals, schools, and police stations among others will be connected through the fibre optic cable that is coming from Brazil, providing bandwidth. This project is expected to be completed by early next year.

A WIMAX system will be developed in the city and other populated areas; while another type of technology called EVDO which will enable over 80,000 people to have access to internet connectivity.

Meanwhile, another Chinese company has been contracted to lay a fibre optic cable from Crabwood Creek, Region Six to Charity, Region Two to add to the cable coming from Lethem to Linden and subsequently to the coast.

“This means that we will have fibre optic backbone across the entire country that will allow us to move capacity and to get internet services into these areas…in the


United States of America there are 50 million people who are not computer literate and about 20 percent of families do not have a computer, we go ahead of all of those countries and it is possible,”


the President posited.

Government is also working on a partnership with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) company to ensure that people have affordable internet connectivity. Further, health, education, e-government, and security applications will be installed on the fibre optic backbone.

The President said once all of these plans take off the possibilities are endless for Guyanese citizens, as they will be able to access important Government services from the comfort of their homes.

He highlighted that one of the promises outlined in the PPP/C 2011 manifesto has to do with ensuring that the University of Guyana (UG) has an online degree programme so that persons, particularly single parent women who work during the day, can have access to university education without leaving their homes and at their own convenience.

The President rejected outright, allegations purported by the Opposition that Government is planting “bugs” on the computers to invade people’s privacy.

He also refuted statements printed in the Kaieteur News that the computers were bought from some friend of the PPP/C and stored at someone’s “bottom-house” as it is a corrupt deal.

He reaffirmed that the purchase was done through a public process by Haier, a large multi-billion dollar company, which tendered directly; hence, Government will able to strike a good deal for the devices.

As a result of Haier winning the contract to supply the computers, the company is now establishing a manufacturing plant in Guyana that will assemble computers as well as a range of other items for the Caribbean market.

The President called on parents to exercise control over the sites that their children visit when they go online and urged them to be on guard for sexual predators and other negativities that can be found on the web. He also appealed to the recipients not to sell the computers as they will be giving up a chance of a bright future.

Since the launch of the programme, the OLPF Secretariat has received over 44,000 applications of which over 21,000 have been verified. Moreover, 200 ICT hubs or places of learning have been established and 35 have been activated to cater to the needs of this first batch of recipients.

Last month, the first shipment of 5000 Haier Netbooks, valued more than US$1.4M arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.


Who they trying to fool? Should'nt he try to better one of the poor country in the Carbbean except Haiti that Guyanese flock to. I came back from Guyana last week and no one I talk to in my village did not qualify for laptop because of the G$50,000 income bracket. My 82 year old uncle also showed me a food voucher[which I have copies of]they share out but he was unable to collect because the food finish before he got to the front of the line.
GOD BLESS PRESIDENT JAGDEO FOR HIS WISDOM, COMPASSION AND CARING. GUYANA IS INDEED AHEAD OF THE WORLD WITH COMPASSION AND CARING FOR THE POOR. LOOK AT THE ABSOLUTE JOY OF THESE POOR PEOPLE GETTING AN EQUAL CHANCE OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD.
SOME BLOODY KATAHAR NEPHEW YOUR UNCLE HAS. YOU CANT TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN FAMILY BUT YOU EXPECT THE GOVT TO DO SO. NIMAKARAM!!!
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Originally posted by sachin_05:
quote:
Originally posted by Demerara_Guy:
OLPF not just about a computer - offers hope, possibilities - President Jagdeo
-1000 benefit as distribution kicks off


Georgetown, GINA, November 8, 2011
Source - GINA

This beaming senior citizen poses with her laptop with President Bharrat Jagdeo, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, PPPC Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar and OLPF’s Senior Project Officer Sesh Sukhdeo

Today marked a historic day in Guyana as 1,000 Guyanese families received their Haier Netbooks as the distribution phase of Government’s One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) Programme officially commenced. Distribution of 4,000 more instruments will commence as early as tomorrow at hubs in the various regions.

Delivering his remarks at the distribution ceremony at the National Cultural Centre, President Bharrat Jagdeo said that this initiative is not merely about a computer; but rather it is a project to bring Guyana and its citizens together as the instruments, “offer great hope for transformation in your personal lives and in our country.”

President Bharrat Jagdeo presenting a laptop to a recipient

By the end of this year, 57,000 of the devices are expected to arrive in Guyana and funding has already been secured through a grant from the Chinese Government to finance the remaining 33,000 to make up the grand total of 90,000 as targeted by the programme.

President Jagdeo relayed the assurance of the PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Donald Ramotar, that if elected, he stands committed to ensuring the continuation of this programme so that every single Guyanese family will benefit.

“The goal is not just to get laptop in every home but to ensure that within three years, every single Guyanese is computer literate…we want to be the most computer literate country in the world,” he said.

He explained that apart from the rapid growth in income, there has also been a significant change in the way people relate to each other particularly in terms of business transactions. He noted that 20 years ago, the biggest companies in the world produced things that could be touched such as telephones, vehicles and other such appliances.

Today, however, the most successful companies that are worth billions in the stock exchanges are those that exist in virtual reality (cyberspace).

Proud laptop recipients.

This means that the creation of ideas and the ability to express and sell those ideas via the internet will be very important in the future development of any country and Guyana is no exception.

“Technology has opened up great possibilities…the developed world is already wealthy and if they have the most advanced tools in the world at their disposal that will generate the wealth of the future, then the gap between the developing countries and the developed world will continue to grow,” the Head of State highlighted.

The gap that exists among countries of the world, also exist within countries as there are many rich families that can afford this modern tool; resulting in their children having access to better families than those coming from disadvantaged homes.

The President said that there is new and emerging economies comprising sectors of the future that will add to the productivity of the traditional ones while at the same time drive the new sectors such as oil and gas, environmental sustainability, agro-processing, plantation-type agriculture, eco-tourism and Information Communication Technology (ICT), to wealth creation in Guyana.

“This sector that we are trying to create is one that has great potential to transform our economy and transform the way we live…after you leave here with that computer, many of you are going to be closer to being part of that future; that new economy…this is why I see this activity as the beginning of a partnership between Government and the citizens of this country,” President Jagdeo said.

The recipients were asked to ensure that all the members of their family are trained in the use of the computer. They were also asked to give 30 hours of their time to assist in training others, so that no one is left behind. He pointed out that this arrangement will boost volunteerism, which to some extent, is lost in the Guyanese society.

The Haier Netbooks

This project is also aimed at modernising Government services; whereby a number of public facilities such as hospitals, schools, and police stations among others will be connected through the fibre optic cable that is coming from Brazil, providing bandwidth. This project is expected to be completed by early next year.

A WIMAX system will be developed in the city and other populated areas; while another type of technology called EVDO which will enable over 80,000 people to have access to internet connectivity.

Meanwhile, another Chinese company has been contracted to lay a fibre optic cable from Crabwood Creek, Region Six to Charity, Region Two to add to the cable coming from Lethem to Linden and subsequently to the coast.

“This means that we will have fibre optic backbone across the entire country that will allow us to move capacity and to get internet services into these areas…in the


United States of America there are 50 million people who are not computer literate and about 20 percent of families do not have a computer, we go ahead of all of those countries and it is possible,”


the President posited.

Government is also working on a partnership with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) company to ensure that people have affordable internet connectivity. Further, health, education, e-government, and security applications will be installed on the fibre optic backbone.

The President said once all of these plans take off the possibilities are endless for Guyanese citizens, as they will be able to access important Government services from the comfort of their homes.

He highlighted that one of the promises outlined in the PPP/C 2011 manifesto has to do with ensuring that the University of Guyana (UG) has an online degree programme so that persons, particularly single parent women who work during the day, can have access to university education without leaving their homes and at their own convenience.

The President rejected outright, allegations purported by the Opposition that Government is planting “bugs” on the computers to invade people’s privacy.

He also refuted statements printed in the Kaieteur News that the computers were bought from some friend of the PPP/C and stored at someone’s “bottom-house” as it is a corrupt deal.

He reaffirmed that the purchase was done through a public process by Haier, a large multi-billion dollar company, which tendered directly; hence, Government will able to strike a good deal for the devices.

As a result of Haier winning the contract to supply the computers, the company is now establishing a manufacturing plant in Guyana that will assemble computers as well as a range of other items for the Caribbean market.

The President called on parents to exercise control over the sites that their children visit when they go online and urged them to be on guard for sexual predators and other negativities that can be found on the web. He also appealed to the recipients not to sell the computers as they will be giving up a chance of a bright future.

Since the launch of the programme, the OLPF Secretariat has received over 44,000 applications of which over 21,000 have been verified. Moreover, 200 ICT hubs or places of learning have been established and 35 have been activated to cater to the needs of this first batch of recipients.

Last month, the first shipment of 5000 Haier Netbooks, valued more than US$1.4M arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.


Who they trying to fool? Should'nt he try to better one of the poor country in the Carbbean except Haiti that Guyanese flock to. I came back from Guyana last week and no one I talk to in my village did not qualify for laptop because of the G$50,000 income bracket. My 82 year old uncle also showed me a food voucher[which I have copies of]they share out but he was unable to collect because the food finish before he got to the front of the line.
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Nehru:
SOME BLOODY KATAHAR NEPHEW YOUR UNCLE HAS. YOU CANT TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN FAMILY BUT YOU EXPECT THE GOVT TO DO SO. NIMAKARAM!!!

Am I obligated to take care of an 82 year uncle? Are you saying his tax he paid into the Guyana treasury are for building million dollar mansion and retirement fund for Jagdeo?

I know. Those are haad question..here is a easy one.. Kemo and Fatso went to run wan race..Fatso fall down and bruk e waist...who win the race...?

(a)Jadeo
(b)Joe Hamlton
(c)Kwame
(d)Bynoe
Handing out come lowend computer willl now leap frog Guyanese beyond computer literacy in the USA! What an ass. ^Y0 percent of US household were on computers over a decade and a half ago. They invented it here and it was online for 2 decades before it came on line by US discretion in '94. These people sell pipe dreams. I wonder when they go HD in their broadcast and smart Cellphones become as pervasive as here they will suddenly become the telecommunications giants! I wonder if the people knows the PPP and their cuddling of ATN caused us to be 2 decades behind on all aspects of communications?

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