AGE became no barrier for the residents and villagers of Seaqaqa, Labasa, who crowded their new government telecentre yesterday to get a feel of the latest in modern technology.
Children, students, parents and the elders walked through their new technology room with smiles of joy.
And the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama encouraged dwellers of this remote area to make good use of the telecentre and learn more about technology.
"It's all part of the telecommunications revolution that is transforming lives the world over. And my government has been determined that no Fijian is left behind," he said.
At the opening of the first telecentre in the North, Commodore Bainimarama labelled the occasion as the start of a wonderful journey of discovery.
"It's one of the miracles of the modern age. It is opening up new horizons for people across the world and providing them with knowledge and skills. And today, it has come to Seaqaqa," he said.
"It is also a wonderful way to communicate. Because you can not only email anyone, anywhere in the world with an email address (and the people here can also show you how to get one of those) but you can also speak over the internet.
"Well this is a highway of another sort but just as important — giving ordinary Fijians access to the information superhighway and empowering them in a way that previous generations would never have imagined."
Commodore Bainimarama told the people of Seaqaqa they could use the services at the new centre free of charge.
"Some of you will already be familiar with the internet by visiting internet stores and cafes. Well, here that access is free and you can also perform a range of other tasks, such as scanning a document and attaching it to an email.
"For others, the internet will be a mystery and many of you may still be wondering what the fuss is all about. Please don't be scared or apprehensive because it's pretty easy to get the hang of it and there are people on hand to explain it all."