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UNHCR gives devices for RC schools

The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has donated devices to assist with online learning at Catholic schools.

On May 7, 103 tablets were handed over by Mattieu Ramsawak, UNHCR Senior Protection Assistant, Community-Based Office, Port of Spain, to Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Education Board of Management (CEBM), Sharon Mangroo at the CEBM’s Belmont office. Also present was CEBM Senior Operations Officer, Ayanna Nero.

In a statement, the CEBM said it is partnering with the UNHCR to deliver much needed computer devices to students in its schools.

It stated that in 2018, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley asked Archbishop Jason Gordon to provide education for children of Venezuelan migrants. “Some 20 of our schools have indicated they have spaces, and the principals and teachers are willing to undergo the necessary training to facilitate acceptance of migrant children once approval is received from the Minister of National Security.”

Through a partnership with UNICEF (the United Nations Emergency Children’s Fund), equipment and training will be given to support the Catholic schools’ capacity to deliver quality education to local and migrant children. “These devices will further support those schools by allowing local students to participate more directly in remote learning opportunities.”

It stated the CEBM has applied for approval and having met all specified requirements, “is anxiously awaiting a response