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Liberia YMCA Gives Computer Skills to 400


Graduates of Cycle 26 of the YMCA Computer Training Center 

Four hundred trainees under Cycle 26 of the Liberia YMCA Computer Training Center received certificates on Friday March 16, 2018 following five months of intensive computer training and evaluation.

A formal closing program was held at the YMCA National Headquarters on Broad Street in Monrovia.

The Coordinator of the YMCA IT Center, Decontee George recognized the work of the Training Staff and the National Secretariat of the Liberia YMCA for the level of support for Cycle 26. She named the refurbishing of the Computer Laboratory and provision of new computers by the YMCA management as some of the achievements of the center.

Computer software offered during the training included: Introduction to Computer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Access as well as Print Artist, Corel Draw, Web Designs among others. The Center runs program for Beginners, Intermediate and Advance levels. 

Four hundred trainees under Cycle 26 of the Liberia YMCA Computer Training Center received certificates on Friday March 16, 2018 following five months of intensive computer training and evaluation.

A formal closing program was held at the YMCA National Headquarters on Broad Street in Monrovia.

The Coordinator of the YMCA IT Center, Decontee George recognized the work of the Training Staff and the National Secretariat of the Liberia YMCA for the level of support for Cycle 26. She named the refurbishing of the Computer Laboratory and provision of new computers by the YMCA management as some of the achievements of the center.

Computer software offered during the training included: Introduction to Computer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Access as well as Print Artist, Corel Draw, Web Designs among others. The Center runs program for Beginners, Intermediate and Advance levels. 

Counselor Finley Y. Karngar
Counselor Finley Y. Karngar

The keynote speaker at Cycle 26 graduation Counselor Finley Karngar spoke on the themeBuilding a Computer Literate Youth Populace to Contribute to Liberia’s Development Agenda. Counselor Karngar said computer knowledge enhances one’s ability to find out and learn more things noting: “You will be surprised to know how computer education when effectively put into practice will enhance your daily interactions and reach as well as improves your reading ability.”

Counselor Karngar said many parents will prefer their children to acquire university education adding: “While it is true that university education is very important, it is not the only means of developing Liberia.”

“We have come out of a civil war and our economy is in a very hard situation and in order to move forward, we need to prioritize vocational and technical education.” He called for a a commission that will regulate vocational and technical education in the country, which according to him will be very helpful. He called on young people to take affirmative action by enrolling on vocational institutions.

In his acceptance remarks following presentation of the trainees to the National Secretariat, the National General Secretary of the Liberia YMCA, E. Timotheus Kamaboakai told the trainees the acquisition of skills is a pathway to other heights adding “Your knowledge and skills may get you a job, but it is your attitude that will keep you on the job.”  

E. Timotheus Kamaboakai
E. Timotheus Kamaboakai

He asked the graduates to check their attitude wherever they find themselves. “Are you respecting other people, are you understanding, do you have integrity”? The Liberia YMCA CEO told them to ask themselves.  

“Even with the certificates and degrees, and without the right attitude, you may not be able to stay or excel in any job you find yourself.” He said.

Mr. Kamaboakai then congratulated the trainees and training staff for a job well done.

The Chairman of the National Board of the Liberia YMCA, Honorable Lester M. Paye who presented certificates to the trainees asked them to make good use of the skills learnt adding: “Do not put to waste what you have learnt, something similarly echoed by the former Chairman of the National Board Mr. Jonathan A. Mason.

Chairman Lester Paye presents certificate to a trainee
Chairman Lester Paye presents certificate to a trainee

The YMCA Computer Training Program was established in November 2004 with the aim of providing Computer and Internet Skills to the young people of Liberia. Since the establishment of the program, more than 11,800 youth and adults have benefited from the training; of which 53% are females and 47% are males. Most of the beneficiaries are presently working with public and private entities, while some have set up their own desktop publishing centers as a means of livelihood.

 

 

 

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