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Police and Minister Elrington Hold Computer Classes for Mahogany Area Women Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00

The Mahogany Police Sub Precinct is teaming up with Hon. Wilfred Elrington and the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence to provide computer literacy training for mothers from the Mahogany Street area.

The project is the brain child of Sergeant Brent Hamilton, Head of the Mahogany Street Police Precinct. Sgt. Hamilton hosts a Cadet Corps for young boys in the area. He says that parents of his cadets have visited the station numerous times to ask for assistance with homework assignments that must be completed on the computer. In many cases, the visits were made not because the parents do not have access to computers but simply because they do not know how to use them. Hamilton says that some parents have even purchased computers but cannot operate them. These were the factors that drove him to look for partners to provide computer literacy classes for mothers of his cadets and other women from the area.

Sgt. Hamilton decided to approach Hon. Elrington and presented his idea. Minister Elrington gave his full approval and not only offered the Samuel Haynes Institute as a venue for the program but also provided computers for the lessons. The literacy program for mothers was already a part of Hon. Elrington’s plans for a new building that is currently being constructed on the Samuel Haynes Institute compound. Upon completion, the entire top floor will be a computer lab and in Minister Elrington’s words, “All of it is going to be free, so we will have computers. You can come here whether you are a school child or whether you are a housewife or father - whatever it is. You can come here; learn the computer in the evening and if you have need for it you can always access it." Minister Elrington stressed the importance of computer literacy in today’s society. He says everything is being done today using computers and our people must adapt to catch up with the rest of the world. He promised that when the new building is complete it will be an excellent facility because “just as we have done with the existing building at the institute, we only intend to provide our people with the best”.

The computer literacy program starts with 15 women. It will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. The instructors for the classes are from the Center for Community Resource Development (CCRD).