THE MINISTRY of National Security’s Office of Law Enforcement Policy (OLEP) received 100 devices from Amalgamated Security Services as part of the ministry’s No Child Left Behind programme.
The programme was recently launched by National Security Minister Stuart Young, a release from the ministry said, and it originates OLEP’s Morvant/Laventille Initiative, a programme aimed at improving the quality of life of communities in east Port of Spain.
The No Child Left Behind programme was specifically established to ensure children from these communities have the necessary equipment to access virtual learning during the covid19 pandemic, the ministry said.
OLEP partnered with the inter-agency task force, which oversees the Hearts and Minds programme, to identify students, from primary to tertiary level, in the east Port of Spain area who were at risk of being left behind because of their inability to access devices for online learning.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, last week, OLEP’s director Gale Charles said the 100 devices donated by Amalgamated Security, “would go a long way in supporting the children of east Port of Spain who are in need of devices to access virtual learning during this time of the covid19 pandemic.”
“The OLEP-MLI/IATF team has been working assiduously to identify children most in need to ensure that they have access to an education and receive the support they so truly need.”
Amalgamated’s executive director Curtis Cummings, at the handover, said, “I am a product of Morvant and I am so happy for the opportunity to be involved in such a project to help the community. The youths in that area deserve a chance to be able to continue their education during this challenging time. We at Amalgamated congratulate OLEP and the IATF team for the work they have done to make this possible.”
Members of the IATF Hearts and Minds Programme, are in charge of distributing the devices. The devices will be donated to 21 schools and communities. In the first phase, priority will be given to students preparing for the SEA, CSEC and CAPE examinations.