Sixteen parents from the community of Mayaro graduated with certifications in Digital Literacy, Microsoft Word and Microsoft excel last Saturday. The programme was developed by the National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) for parents whose children are engaged in e-learning.

According to a press release from NESC, the graduating parents learnt essential ICT skills, including creating and formatting documents, cybersecurity and privacy.

Judith Bruce, class valedictorian spoke of the paralyzing fear that the online learning environment once stirred in her, but expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to gain skills to manoeuvre the digital platforms. She encouraged other parents to not be overcome by fear, but rather take on a challenge for themselves and to improve the lives of their children.

At the graduation ceremony, Indra Ramroop-Ramkissoon, Acting Dean of the NESC’s School of Continuing Education commended the parents for taking up the challenge to learn technology. Ramroop-Ramkissoon celebrated the competency of the graduates, stating, “Today you aren’t just leaving the NESC with a certificate. You are leaving with knowledge and skills to confidently and successfully support your children’s education in this world of online learning.”