THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 08, 2022: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO- Ten special needs schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago will be further technologically advanced with an investment of TT$800,000 from the Digicel Foundation. The ‘Digicel Foundation Innovation Labs’ will be done in commemoration of the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary.
The Digicel Foundation will be commissioning 10 ‘Innovation Labs’ at 10 special needs Schools in Trinidad and Tobago. The ten recipient schools are Lady Hochoy Penal, Lady Hochoy Gasparillo, Audrey Jeffers School for the Deaf, Rio Claro Learning and Development Special School, Lady Hochoy Arima, Charis Works Christian Academy, Goodwill Industries, Wharton-Patrick Special School, Happy Haven and Tobago School for the Deaf Language and Hearing Impaired.
CEO Penny Gomez unveiled this among other projects to partners, stakeholders and other media while speaking at the recent 10th Anniversary Reception. Ms. Gomez shared that the Innovation Labs is yet another Foundation-led initiative that is designed to guarantee that students with disabilities are not left behind. She shared that this project will ensure that schools are adequately equipped to help students experience everything that the digital world has to offer.
Each school will receive approximately 10 computers, virtual reality headsets, smart boards, smart TVs, printers, and projectors. Other equipment will include assistive devices and accessories that will aid students with varying disabilities to better access the technology. The ‘Innovation Labs’ will also include furniture such as desks and chairs to make the spaces more student friendly.
The Ministry of Education’s Information Technology team already assists a number of the schools with technical support and will be engaged as a major stakeholder. In Tobago, the THA has pledged its support of the programme and will be on hand to assist. Digicel IT team will also aid in training teachers on how to use the new technology.