blink | bmobile Supports ACTT’s 3rd National Essay Writing Competition

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Blink bmobile support ACTT - Winners Row - Representatives of the ACTT and Corporate Sponsors pose with all the winners

Port of Spain, Trinidad – November 6th, 2013

St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph walked away with the highly coveted School Prize of $5,000 for the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago’s (ACTT’s) 3rd National Essay Writing Competition. The School Prize, which was donated by blink | bmobile, is awarded to the school that accrued the highest mean score at the annual competition.

Natasha Estrada, TSTT’s Manager Corporate and Community Affairs (Ag.) attended the ‘Excellence in Higher Education Awards Function’ which was held on October 31st 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. She presented the $5,000 cheque to Donna Reyes, Principal of St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph. Estrada noted, “blink | bmobile will continue to focus our efforts and resources toward initiatives such as this where we can make a direct impact on the lives of our citizens. The National Essay Writing Competition helps to protect Secondary and Tertiary level students by providing an understanding of the importance of attending a quality-assured higher educational and training institution to ensure they obtain a recognized qualification.”

The ACTT’s 3rd National Essay Writing Competition targeted fifth and sixth form students, as well as undergraduates, in an attempt to increase the awareness of quality assurance in higher education programmes and institutions. The theme this year was ‘Sustaining Quality In Higher Education – Turning Challenges Into Opportunities’. There were twenty-one entries from nine secondary schools and two tertiary education institutions which explored one of the following two topics: ‘What do you think is meant by a quality higher education? Discuss the challenges which institutions may encounter in achieving this in Trinidad and Tobago’ or ‘Critique the role of regulatory bodies like ACTT in sustaining quality higher education in Trinidad and Tobago.’ A panel of distinguished judges from the educational sector graded submissions based on content, analysis, presentation and assignment-specific criteria.

Other winners of the National Essay Writing Competition were Chelsea Romain of St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph and Zachary Subran-Ganesh of Presentation College, San Fernando who placed first and second respectively in the Form Six category. Romain was presented with a MAC Book Air, a $1,500 cheque and an $800 IMB voucher, while Subran-Ganesh was awarded an iPad 3 and $1,000 in Unit Trust Corporation shares.

In the Tertiary Institution category, first place went to Ariea Anthonia Cobham of the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) who won a MAC Book Pro and $2,500, while the second place was awarded to Sharifa
Ammon of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus who received an iPad 3 and $2,000 in Unit Trust Corporation shares. Avelana Philip of COSTAATT took home $2,500 in Unit Trust Corporation shares for third place.

After the presentation of the awards for the 3rd National Essay Writing Competition, Sherma Joseph, ACTT’s Accreditation Officer thanked blink | bmobile and the other sponsors for their generosity and support. The evening continued with the presentation of the Quality in Tertiary Education (QuiTE) Awards for institutions which demonstrated excellence in the establishment and implementation of Quality Management Systems and Student Support Services.


Winners Row - Representatives of the ACTT and Corporate Sponsors with all of the competition’s winners