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Senior citizens in St. Ann, who participated in an eight-month computer course, were presented with certificates of completion at a graduation ceremony held recently at the Runaway Bay United Church in the parish.
The training course was organised by the St. Ann chapter of the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC), in collaboration with the St. Ann Parish Library and Sandals Dunn’s River Hotel and Spa.
The graduating class of 16 seniors and four NCSC volunteers were introduced to basic computer skills including using Microsoft Word and the Internet.
Valedictorian, Carol James, expressed sincere gratitude to the agencies involved, for providing the opportunity for the seniors to access the computer training.
“At first, we were a little apprehensive about the course especially those of us who had no knowledge at all about a computer,” she said, noting that it was a bit challenging but through hard work, determination and dedication, they managed to succeed.
“Exploring the Internet was extremely exciting, having all that information at our fingertips, and what was very fascinating also was the fact that we were able to send emails to our families and friends in different parts of the world,” she stated.
Meanwhile, a member of the graduating class, Hussefeta Simms, described the experience as fulfilling.
“One of my most memorable moments was when I was able to write letters to my children using Microsoft Word. I was excited to share what I was learning so I proceeded to emailing and printing these documents,” she said.
She also commended the tutors on the level of patience they showed, when the seniors seemed not to be grasping a concept with ease.
Stating that one is never too old to learn, Ms. Simms said: “with each life experience there is a valuable lesson to be learnt, and as such, you have to prepare yourself whether you are young or old.”
A total of 195 persons including 19 basic school students have to date benefited from the computer training course.

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