YMCA Wants Female Advance in Information Technology -As Computer Center Graduates 460

The National General Secretary of the YMCA of Liberia is encouraging young female to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the YMCA and advance themselves in the area of Information Technology (IT).

A partial view of some of the graduates for cycle 27

To this the YMCA has announced a 20% reduction for female trainees in the intermediate level at its IT Center in Monrovia. This was disclosed by Mr. Timotheus Kamaboakai during cycle 27 graduation of the Computer Training Program recently in Monrovia.

Speaking during the graduation program of over 450 trainees at the YMCA National Headquarters, Mr. E. Timotheus Kamaboakai said because of the low level of enrollment by females in the Advance Level, the YMCA is offering a 20% discount to all females trainees in the intermediate level.

Additionally, Mr. Kamaboakai has called for more female training Assistants in the IT program at the YMCA. He said the gesture by YMCA will afford young females the opportunity to advance themselves at the highest level.

On the future of the YMCA IT program, Mr. Kamaboakai announced the establishment of a resource group which will come up with strategies on the future of the program.

E. Timotheus Kamaboakai-YMCA CEO

He said the role of the resource group would be to explore new ideas on the future of the program, looking at new innovations and ideas that the center can employ and new strategies so as to keep the trainees ahead of the job market.

Also speaking during the graduation program, the Assistant Minister for Planning, Research and Development at the Ministry of Education, Hon. Dominic D. N. Kweme said investment in information technology helps a nation to grow, noting that the growth it brings is positive results for any nation.

Asst. Minister Kweme- Assistant Minister for Planning, Research & Development, Min. of Education

Hon. Kweme called on Liberians especially females to take advantage of the prospect the YMCA provides in the area of Information Technology, as it will be beneficial to their future. Additionally he called on the graduates of the intermediate level not to be satisfied with what they have achieved so far, but seek advancements which will help bring development to the nation.

Earlier, the Coordinator of the YMCA Computer Training Program, Decontee George highlighted the low being paid at the center charges and called on all young people with the intention of acquiring computer knowledge to enroll in the program.

Ms. Decontee George- Coordinator of the YMCA IT Center

“The program is youth friendly and provides the learning that will equip you for the future as you seek to gain knowledge in this area.” Decontee said. She said of the 460 graduates, 51% were males while 49% were males.  

She recognized the work of the Training Staff and the National Secretariat of the Liberia YMCA for the level of support given to the program.

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The YMCA Computer Training Program was established in November 2004 to provide Computer and Internet Skills to the young people of Liberia. Since the establishment of the program, more than 12,000 youth and adults have benefited from the training.

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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