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TSTT Community Communication Centres

Caption: Students are all smiles as they show off what they prepared during their learning experience

As part of its on-going effort to bridge the digital divide that currently exists, the TSTT Community Communication Centres have implemented a new project targeted at students across Trinidad and Tobago – called the “Open House Programme.”

This dynamic initiative was launched in March of this year throughout the nation’s seven TSTT Community Communication Centres and to date has received an outstanding level of participation from schools within the respective areas.

According to Natasha Estrada, Administrative Assistant on TSTT’s Community Communication Centre Project, “The Open House Programme’s main objective is to improve the quality of life for students by providing them with an overview of Information Technology (IT) and its impact on their future.”

A total of 381 primary school students representing, Kanhai Presbyterian (Barrackpore), Blanchisseuse Government Primary, Cumana RC; Cumana AC, St. Dominic’s RC (Morvant) and Plymouth AC (Tobago) have already benefited from the new programme and it is TSTT’s hope that they are only the first of many more to come.

During the inaugural “Open House Programme,” students learned about the origin, uses and other basic fundamentals of computers and the Internet.

The programme, which has been lauded by teachers in participating schools, is scheduled to continue into the following academic term.

This latest project by the TSTT Community Communication Centres goes a step beyond fulfilling the original mandate: to provide additional services to meet the special needs of their particular customers. The Centres also currently function as a research/homework unit for students of all ages, facilitate the development of computer skills, foster a greater appreciation for technology and even serve as a virtual office for some small business entrepreneurs.