As several of our students struggle with online learning and not having the appropriate tool for such, a Trini-Canadian living in the Niagara escarpment in Canada continues to support learning and affording students throughout Trinidad and Tobago the opportunity to succeed through the donation of tablets.
Friday, April 23 was the turn of St Dominic’s RC, Morvant to receive 25 tablets for their children.
The occasion was marked by a small ceremony chaired and addressed by the Principal Nathalie Faria; the organiser and facilitator of the tablet drive, Lucille Nathu, former General Manager, Catholic Media Services Ltd (CAMSEL); and Adrian Leonce, Member of Parliament for Laventille East Morvant, and Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
In her brief remarks, Nathu pointed out that several other schools and parish communities have received tablets and ongoing monetary donations.
Five Catholic primary schools to date have received over 200 tablets, Nelson Street Boys’ and Girls’ RC, Bethlehem Boys’ and Girls’ RC, and Cipero RC. Other organisations that have received are Kindness Makes a Difference, and La Romaine Migrant Community.
Nathu said that she was returning to St Dominic’s RC, the primary school she attended and where her father was the principal from 1969 to 1979, and the community where they lived.
She concluded, “It is only natural that I would want to return to give other children an opportunity to succeed by providing the tools for a fair chance at education and to give back. Many young people from this community are now HR practitioners, counsellors, designers, bankers, educators, engineers, medical doctors and some are still active in supporting Laventille/ Morvant.”
Principal Faria thanked the benefactor for caring and never giving up on Trinidad and Tobago; Nathu for remembering her alma mater in her outreach; and the Minister for his ongoing support to the children in the community.
Minister Leonce thanked all who had played a role in acquiring and distributing these tablets to assist schoolchildren in the community and Trinidad and Tobago in general.
He praised the example that a former student of the school had been able to mobilise crucial material support at this time of the pandemic, which had changed the education landscape in challenging ways.
In closing, the Minister noted that many highly successful people attended the schools and exhorted more of them to strive to give back to the community.