ENDING with a big bang, the five-day virtual independence living skills camp organised by the Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities (GCOPD) for youths with disabilities was, on Friday, dubbed a success.
The camp, which was officially launched on Monday, was an overarching initiative by the GCOPD to promote the empowerment and independence of young persons with disabilities through innovative learning sessions.
Programme Coordinator, Ganesh Singh, highlighted that 48 youths from seven of the 10 administrative regions participated in the event.
“It was overwhelming because it was beyond our expectations, it’s the first time we had a virtual camp and it was very interactive and we had so some really good facilitators.”
Filled with a series of informative sessions and fun activities, Singh said the project aimed to build the capacity of the participants and provide them with an enabling environment so that they can be more independent.
Sessions in sexual abuse, drugs, mental health awareness, public speaking and career guidance were held during the camp which ended with a grand virtual concert which featured some of Guyana’s best performers.
“It was a mix of formal sessions and then we also had virtual tours of the Museum and the NCN. We had story telling …and we had a big virtual concert today.”
Singh, who is also a well-known advocate for persons with disabilities, noted that the response to the event has been surprisingly overwhelming with many positive responses and donations.
Singh disclosed that the organisation will be looking to make the event an annual one with hopes of having participants from all 10 administrative regions.