TUESDAY NOVEMBER 08, 2022: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO- The community of La Horquetta welcomed the opening of the doors to their very own Digicel Foundation TIE (Technology in Education) Centre on November 2, 2022. The technology centred hub is located at the La Horquetta Village Plaza.
Through ongoing consultations with NGOs and an overall “foot on the ground” approach, the Foundation acknowledges that the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted a gap in terms of children being able to access the internet and have access to the technology needed for online learning. Since then, the Foundation has been proactively engaging in projects which will assist with closing this gap. Last year, four similar centres were commissioned, three on the North Coast and one in Chaguanas. In commemoration of the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary this year, further investment will be made in four additional spaces to increase online access in rural and marginalised communities. This gave birth to the Technology in Education (TIE) Centre programme. The space was secured by the Housing Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (HDC) and will be managed by the Greenvale Police Youth Club.
This space was one of the four (4) centres set up throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Each building space will be outfitted with five computers, one printer, furniture as needed (Desk,Chairs,Sofa,Tables,Shelving, AC units), 1-year free high-speed internet courtesy of Digicel+. Present at the opening were Minister of Housing and Urban Development- The Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Member of Parliament for La Horquetta/Talparo, The Honourable Foster Cummings, Chairman/Councillor of the La Horquetta/Talparo Constituency, Alderman Leon Roach, Councillor Kerryann Kasmally – Roberts, General Manager for Digicel Plus – Jason Matthews, Digicel Foundation Board Director – La Toya Gopaul, Inspector (Ag) Kurt Callender, Superintendent Suhbash Ramkhelawan, WPC Susan Sorzano, Leader of the Greenvale Police Youth Club and Students - Jewel Garraway and Terrell Stewart.