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Arouca granny Majorie Anderson epitomises the
phrase "You are never too old to learn," after having
graduated with certificates in computer literacy,
Microsoft Powerpoint and Access.
Anderson, at the ripe age of 73, has vowed to con-
tinue her studies, even as she urges fellow mature
citizens to follow suit and increase their knowledge.
"Learning keeps your mind alert and healthy,"
Anderson said, as she grinned warmly during an
interview with the Sunday Guardian on Friday.
Last week, Anderson, a retired social worker and
human resources executive, was among some 312
participants who graduated from free computer
literacy classes hosted by the National Poverty Reduc-
tion and Eradication Programmes Coordinating Unit
under the Ministry of the People and Social Devel-
Anderson, a grandmother of three and countless
others through her social work, said she was inspired
to pursue computer studies so she could navigate
the technology available as well as bridge the gap
between her grandchildren and herself.
"This is the technological age and to me, age is
not a barrier to learning, and if you want to participate
and continue to be in the society and to be somebody
that would be an asset to society I would go on and
do something rather than sitting and not doing any-
thing," Anderson explained.
Anderson, who is vibrant, charming and very spir-
itually-centred, said for her, learning computers, was
Age is no barrier
for Marjorie, 73
...grandma graduates in computer
studies, wants to re-engineer people also an opportunity to enhance her
community/social work and reach out
to people in need.
"For me, I want to be an engineer.
I want to re-engineer people, to be the
platform for people to realise why they
are here, what talents they have," she
Anderson, who holds a degree in
Social Work and a Masters in Education
Administration, had a distinguished
career in education, counseling and
curriculum development. She worked
at the Ontario Correctional Institute
in Canada, Centennial College of
Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario
and the T&T Hospitality and Tourism
Institute, and was the former manager
of the National School Feeding pro-
She admitted that during her career
she was exposed to the computer, but
never pursed formal computer studies.
She said she had enlisted her grand-
children to help her learn. However,
that was a challenge, since they did
not have the patience.
Hence, she decided to pursue formal
Anderson said while she lived in the
East, she was a "Mother" and active
member of the United Brotherhood of
Time Spiritual School in South
Oropouche, which is where she came
in contact with the Penal telecentre
and the opportunities for learning
She said she had no qualms about
going back to studies even though she
was the oldest student in the class.
"I love to acquire knowledge on a lot
of things. Even though you know some
things, you do not know everything.
That is why I love to be around peo-
ple. You get to learn a lot of things from
people and there are a lot of things you
can learn from people, which is life
skills," she said.
Anderson credited her tutor Aaron
Caesar and Penal telecentre adminis-
trator Debbie Majeed for her drive to
continue her computer studies.
She also thanked her classmates who
assisted her during her classes and were
"That inspired me. I am really willing
and raring to go. They say to me when
I reach your age I want to be like you,
I want to keep going. To be an example
and encouragement, " she said.
She said her inspiration was Almighty
God, who continued to give her the
strength and good health to pursue her
Anderson said she was now on Face-
book and her grandchildren were
encouraging her to join other social
"Now my grandkids want to teach
me all kinds of things, they are proud
Twitter and so on. It has become a
bridge between me and my grandkids
and all the kids in the church. Now I
have a computer (at) home and I could
access things and it feels nice," she said.
She is urging all citizens to make use
of the free programmes available at all
six telecentres nationwide.
"I feel a sense of not only accom-
plishment, but empowered and inde-
pendent and I want to empower people.
I want women to feel empowered when
they do their computer course," she
Anderson said she intended to pursue
more computer courses and was inter-
ested in doing data processing next.
Tech savvy granny Marjorie Anderson, 73, from Arouca.
Marjorie Anderson shows off her certificate. PHOTOS: ROBERTO CODALLO
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