blink | bmobile cheers on students at Charlotteville SDA at their A.R.R.O.W. Graduation

The Graduating Class

“There is nothing greater than an idea whose time has come"- Victor Hugo This was the opening quote by the principal of the Charlotteville S.D.A Primary School Mr. Kenneth McMillan as he addressed friends, family and the twenty graduating students of the blink | bmobile A.R.R.O.W. Programme held recently.

It was a chance encounter that brought Mr. McMillan and Mr. Christopher Bontierre— Director of the A.R.R.O.W. Programme—together. During this meeting, Mr. Bontierre highlighted the innovative learning techniques employed in the A.R.R.O.W. Programme and the resultant benefits to students. Unconsciously, Mr. Bontierre had just given his counterpart the ideal solution to an issue that had been plaguing his school—the need for intervention in dealing with student literacy.

Mr. McMillan took the initiative to enlist the help of Mr. Bontierre and his ‘miracle programme', and thus the journey began. Today he is quite satisfied and elated with the benefits the programme has brought to his school; not only did it enhance overall student performance, but renewed the teachers' enthusiasm for teaching.

He extended heartfelt thanks to blink | bmobile for their sponsorship, since this enabled the programme to take place. Mr. McMillan also expressed his eternal gratitude for the added donation of five (5) desktop computers contributed by the Company as a part of its Green PC drive. He added, “We know now that blink | bmobile is not only interested in 'talking the talk', but 'walking the walk' through nation building and development.” He was adamant that blink | bmobile is not one of those companies whose only interest is in receiving from the communities but rather sees the importance of giving back.

Rhonda Lee-Yhapp, blink | bmobile's Acting Executive Vice President Marketing, thanked Mr. McMillan for his kind words stating, “We are always grateful for the opportunity to add value to the lives of our nation's youth. We do not only see the Company as a service provider but as an integral contributor to the development of the nation's youth, therefore, it was second nature for us to support an initiative like the A.R.R.O.W. Programme."

At the graduation ceremony, teachers based at the school expressed how great the A.R.R.O.W. Programme had impacted their students. They all echoed the sentiment that, “It was a huge success; great improvements in the general attitude of the students, deportment and school work. There is now a different approach to life.'

Surely, these characteristics are the intent of A.R.R.O.W.

Director Bontierre underscored the programme's achievements in the literary world. A.R.R.O.W. attained recognition as the leading educational programme in the UK in 2009, and again in 2013. He further added that it is used extensively in over 600 schools in the UK and in 89 schools in Trinidad and Tobago.

Little Tileah Woodley is proof of the programme's success. With great excitement during her graduation speech, she testified that the programme was beneficial to her as well as her fellow classmates.

In conclusion, Mr. Bontierre, elated at the feat accomplished, stated, “Part of everything we do revolves around days like this, when you can see children, parents and teachers identifying and recognizing the success of the programme.” The one challenge faced is the need to adopt A.R.R.O.W. as part of the school's curriculum.

Proud faces of Charlotteville SDA graduates of the blink | bmobile ARROW programme as they are presented with their certificates from tutor, Nyila Warner and Christopher Bontierre Director of the A.R.R.O.W. Programme

A.R.R.O.W Student Tileah Woodley delivering graduation speech