Computer literacy classes offered at public library

George Town Public Library is offering adults the opportunity to strengthen their reading and mathematics skills.

“This is the first time that such a class has been offered at any of the Cayman Islands library branches,” said Director Ramona Melody.

Participants in the self-paced computer program will have use of library facilities, and resources such as laptops, as well as accessing in-person support for the duration of the Computer Assisted Literacy Solution program.

Those taking part should have basic English or Spanish language abilities, in addition to keyboarding and mouse skills. Facilitators will be on hand to assist those with a minimal knowledge of these areas.

The library will register up to five students at a time for the course.

Ms Melody explained that only a half-hour a day, three times a week, for between 15-25 hours is required to achieve the best results.

“For many of our adult citizens, there is a significant skills gap between what employers need and what job applicants can offer. The Computer Assisted Literacy program is a comprehensive literacy intervention designed to help individuals improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills,” she said.

Ms Melody further explained that through the public library’s partnership with the Rotary Club Sunrise, it is able to offer a program that can help learners to develop and strengthen the skills needed to find and keep employment.

“Parents will be able to read to their children and more effectively help them with their homework. Most important, strengthening functional reading and numeracy skills may help adults to enjoy an enhanced quality of life,” she said.

“Classroom testing has shown that Computer Assisted Literacy Solutions helps students make permanent reading gains in as little as 10 hours,” she added.

Students who finish the programme will receive a certificate of completion.

For more information, contact [email protected] or visit the George Town Library.