Uche Ofodile, Lone Star Cell/MTN CEOLonestar Cell MTN has, over the last 3 weeks (June 1 – 21), celebrated its annual employee volunteerism campaign – 21 Days of Y’ello Care. This year’s campaign included workshops and a career fair geared towards providing young people with key skills necessary for entry into the work place, as well as highlighting the impact ICT has on the future of work for young people.In partnership with the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) and the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), the company hosted two workshops – “Employment Readiness” and “Preparing for an ICT Future” targeting young people in Monrovia and Kakata.A total of 200 students learned how to search for the right job to match their skill level; update their CVs and write winning cover letters.In addition, students were given tips on how to bring forth their best during interviews – including the right dress code, mannerisms and general questions to ask.Students were also guided on developing careers in ICT – what to expect, what qualifications are needed and the importance of ICT in the telecommunications industry.On June 21st the campaign climaxed with the MTN Y’ello Career Fair, which aimed to highlight and provide insight into what the world of work and employment will look like in a digital future.The Career Fair was a first of its kind across the MTN Group of companies, with all 23 Operating Companies (OPCOs) hosting one each in their respective environments, making the MTN Career Fair the largest ever.The event, held at the University of Liberia Fendell Campus, gave 150 students, across all disciplines, an opportunity to hear how Bridge International Academies is making waves in the Education sector with their innovative approach to education.The guest speaker – Hon Maria Nagbe-Harrison, Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) – reminded the audience that technology changes daily and encouraged them to be flexible and adaptable as they prepare for the future.Laureine Guilao, Deputy CEO & Head of Corporate Affairs, said, “21 Days of Y’ello Care is our way giving back. This year was particularly exciting because we focused on the empowerment of young people in the markets we serve.Young people are our future and as the world becomes more digitalised we are committed to ensuring that we play our part in providing the necessary tools to prepare young people for a competitive digital future.”The Y’ello Career Day ended a successful three weeks of staff volunteerism in Monrovia and Kakata, with a mission to bridge the digital divide and upskill the future workforce, future employers and leaders in the regions where Lonestar Cell MTN has a presence.About Lonestar Cell MTN’s Y’ello Care programWith a focus on youth empowerment, Lonestar Cell MTN’s Y’ello Care program and the company’s other CSI initiatives aim to use technology to ensure that young people are afforded the opportunity to obtain the necessary skills, education and support to fully benefit from the opportunities that may exist in the sector but that are often out of their reach due to lack of access to information.For three weeks (from 1 to 21 June 2018), Lonestar Cell MTN Y’ello Care project team partnered with academics, local government and industry leaders to provide insights and tools young people will need to forge their paths into a BRIGHTER future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation 2018– Priyanna Ramdhani takes gold againThe Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) will be very content on their trip home, as they will have 12 medals to show for the hard work they have put in over the past three weeks.Priyanna Ramdhani and Mishka Beharry display their medals in the Under 17 and Under 11 championshipsThe Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) championships which served off on the August 17 with the Under 19 category, saw some of Guyana’s top players showcasing extraordinary talent and skill. What made the trip even more gratifying is that fact that it is the first year of participation for many of the players.After Priyanna Ramdhani’s haul in the Under 19 competition, the 16 year old went on to dominate the Senior category and made her last and most successful stop in the Under 17 tournament this week.The podium was indeed Ramdhani’s second home this week as she first copped gold in the Girls doubles division based on points.In the Under 17 girl’s singles final, Ramdhani met with and defeated Suriname’s Chaista Soemodipoero in straight sets 21-6, 21-7 to cop her second gold in the competition.The third time was a charm for the teenager as she entered the girl’s mixed doubles competition with her Trinidadian partner Vance Juteram. The duo completed two straight set of 21-15, 21-7 against Jair Naipal & Erisa Bleau of Suriname to take the final gold medal.After having medaled in the Under 17, Under 19 and Senior championships Priyanna Ramdhani’s performance can be considered as one of the best in the entire CAREBACO competition for 2018.The GBA has expressed extreme happiness with the performance of their players given that it is first time they are playing and medaled in the Seniors International and also it is also the first time they won the Under-19 International.