SIF Sponsors Computer Skills Training for San Jose Villagers Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00

On Saturday, May 24, the Social Investment Fund collaborated with the Orange Walk Institute for Technical and Vocational Education & Training (OWITVET) to host a Certification Ceremony for residents of San Jose Village who successfully completed basic computer skills training. The training program was a component of the San Jose Multipurpose Center sub project.

The training was implemented by the Social Investment Fund as part of its mandate to work in line with the Government’s poverty alleviation strategy. Twenty trainees attended sessions every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for six months. The lessons were both theoretical and practical, focusing on an in-depth understanding of Microsoft Suite such as Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Publisher. Trainees received lessons on onscreen components and formatting; browsers, search engines; spreadsheet columns and rows, creating workbooks as well as using formulas to make calculations. Graduates are now competent in using computers as members of water boards, to create flyers/promotional items for their businesses as well as equipped with the relevant computer skills and competencies for the expanding business sector in the northern district of the country, and by extension the wider society of Belize. The program cost $18,770 and was financed by the Government of Belize through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

According to the Social Investment Fund, “the project demonstrates the critical role of SIF as a social and economic development actor in Belize, making significant and timely contributions that impact national development, improve and enhance the quality of lives of Belizeans.”