MTEST and Microsoft In Total Technology Immersion
May 13, 2013:
Minister Karim leading a team of chairmen from agencies of his ministry met with representatives of Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago to discuss several ways in which the technology giant could work with them to increase the use of technology and innovation in the Tertiary Education Sector. The meeting took place at the ministry’s head office at the International Waterfront Centre on Monday May 13, 2013.
The meeting discussed a host of training programmes and resources that are available to teachers in the Tertiary Level Institutions and training facilities.
Frances Correira Country Manager of Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago agreed to begin the partnering by working with the National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) on a new initiative entitled, “Techno Kids”. During the summer holidays, one hundred children between the ages of six and nine will be exposed to technology, software and programming in YTEPP and NESC facilities around the country. NESC Chairman Feeroz Khan explained that the training will take place for a month, but afterward the students will continue to be involved in the programme on Saturday mornings. Minister Karim stated that the programme will assist in the country’s overall goal of closing the digital gap.
The Minister also discussed the opportunities for incorporating Microsoft’s resources in worker productivity schools. Karim plans to have such schools established on job sites around the country, so workers can be educated after they have done their work for the day. All this, the Minister explained is designed to assist in building the capacity of the nation’s workforce.
Ms. Correia expressed enthusiasm for partnering with MTEST. She stressed that her company is focused on sustainability and continuous partnerships which will make a significant impact on this country over time. By working together with the government, she hopes to one day see a Trinidadian education system that fluidly incorporates technology from infant to adult.