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Registration is ongoing for Guyanese across the country to be equipped and trained as computer programmers, software developers, among other skillsets as part of the 150k Guyana Coders Initiative (GCI).
For the next three years, 150,000 Guyanese 14 years and older will receive free instruction in the fundamentals of computer coding as part of this initiative.
This initiative was launched by President Irfaan Ali in December 2022.
It is a partnership between government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Following a number of meetings, workshops, and high-level field visits with leaders of both countries, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in March 2022.
During the launch, Ali said the programme is intended to take Guyana beyond 2030 ensuring the citizens are competitive, resilient, functional and the country has the tools to move forward, and the economy is among the strongest,” President Ali highlighted during the launch.
In addition, the president declared that Guyana would be prepared to serve as a centre where members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) could gain from the initiative in the future.
Coding, also referred to as computer programming, is the process of carrying out a certain computation, typically through creating a functional computer programme.
This initiative aims to teach Guyanese the necessary skills to work as IT technicians, systems administrators, cyber security analysts, and other related positions which include animation, website creation, and software engineering.
A certificate will be issued upon completion of the programme and will be recognised by the UAE.
Upon completion of the programmes, top students can get scholarships for internationally recognised training programmes.
The chance to compete in regional and national coding competitions will be available to students. Top performers will also receive cash awards.
Students can register to study the course of their choosing at no cost and take online classes to earn a professional software development certification.
Persons can visit www.guyanacoders.gov.gy to enroll.