WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9, 2019: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD ANDTOBAGO – Developing a Centre of Excellence is all about meeting the needs of the users. For persons with disabilities, this can range from ergonomic classrooms, accessible bathrooms, and a general learning environment that moves beyond academics.
The Lady Hochoy Vocational Centre in Cocorite is finding new ways to transform their vocational space through upgrades to their woodwork and craft shed, making it the most recent partner in Digicel Foundation’s Centre of Excellence Programme. The workspace was unveiled on October 4 in commemoration of the Centre’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations.
The project covered repairs to the Vocational Centre’s woodwork shed by replacing the old galvanized sheets, termite ridden wooden beams, guttering and fencing. The shed is used for woodcraft and doubles as a space to house the school’s glass bottle recycling project.
The Centres of Excellence Programme aims to improve the aesthetics of the facility creating a comfortable environment for students to learn and grow. The US$5704 project could not have been possible without the funding from the Foundation and the in-kind contribution from Mr. Gerard Newallo, of Genuine Roofing, who generously assisted in the partial construction of the fence and roof repairs.
Sister Margarita Chan, Principal of the Lady Hochoy Vocational Centre was in full of praise of the Digicel Foundation, who through its outreach programme was able to make their dream of fixing the shed a reality. The Lady Hochoy Vocational Centre provides vocational training for persons with disabilities that enable the trainees to reach their full potential, with the long-term goal of becoming integrated into the world of work.
The journey in assisting the Centre in the development and welfare of persons with disabilities continues to be at the forefront of the Foundation’s initiatives