French Stu­dents Re­ceive Free Train­ing From ‘LightS­parc’

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ten boys from the Ly­cée Pro­fes­sionel de Chateauboeuf, a vo­ca­tional school in Mar­tinique, re­cently ben­e­fit­ted from a one-day train­ing course in in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy (ICT), cour­tesy of LightS­parc Train­ing.

Dur­ing the work­shop, held on Mon­day, Novem­ber 12, 2018 at LightS­parc Train­ing’s premises in High Street, Castries, the stu­dents learned more about com­put­ers: how to set up moth­er­boards, hard­ware, and other re­lated func­tions. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the stu­dents was Charles Marie-Reine, who teaches English at the school in Fort-de-France. He said the boys are all study­ing dig­i­tal sys­tems back in Mar­tinique as part of their me­dia stud­ies and ICT syl­labus. Aged 16 and 17 years, they are now in their se­cond year of sec­ondary school.

Each week, since last year, the boys have been re­ceiv­ing two ex­tra hours of English les­sons in dig­i­tal sys­tems at their school, mean­ing their teach­ers present their dig­i­tal sys­tems classes in English.

This is the se­cond con­sec­u­tive year that LightS­parc Train­ing has of­fered the free cour­ses to stu­dents from the French school. How­ever, Marie-Reine says he hopes that fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions last longer. Nev­er­the­less, he said the stu­dents thor­oughly en­joyed what they learned dur­ing the course.

“We’re re­ally thank­ful to Bernard and Lights­parc Stu­dents from Mar­tinique vis­ited LightS­parc Train­ing’s ICT cen­tre in Castries for hands-on tu­ition. Train­ing for giv­ing us this great op­por­tu­nity,” MarieReine said. “Next time, we would like to at least pay a small fee for the train­ing. But we are very ap­pre­cia­tive to LightS­parc Train­ing for what they have done through this col­lab­o­ra­tion.”

He added: “We are also work­ing to de­velop the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Saint Lu­cia and Mar­tinique in terms of, maybe, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion in Saint Lu­cia and [its coun­ter­part] in Mar­tinique.”

Mean­while, LightS­parc’s Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Bernard Bovell, who was the work­shop fa­cil­i­ta­tor, said the stu­dents got the chance to break down and set up com­put­ers and learn more about the ma­chines’ com­po­nents and how they work to­gether.

Last year’s group, he said, num­bered fif­teen youths, adding that he is al­ready look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing other groups to the free train­ing course.

“It’s al­ways good to work with these or­gan­i­sa­tions that do so much,” Bovell said. “These boys are com­ing from over­seas, and we are part of what they see Saint Lu­cia as, es­pe­cially in the field of ICT. We want to be part of that, to in­flu­ence them to go in the right di­rec­tion. Hope­fully, this mo­ti­vates them to con­tinue pur­su­ing their goals.”

While some of the stu­dents were al­ready fa­mil­iar with the in­for­ma­tion they re­ceived from LightS­parc Train­ing, oth­ers were not. But they were all able to com­plete the ex­er­cise, fol­low­ing which they each re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate from LightS­parc Train­ing.

LightS­parc Train­ing, which was es­tab­lished in Saint Lu­cia in 2011, of­fers cour­ses in Project Man­age­ment, In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT), Mar­ket­ing, Hu­man Re­source, and Ac­count­ing, Mi­cro­soft, Quick Books, among oth­ers, and fo­cuses pri­mar­ily on glob­al­lyrec­og­nized cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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