The Inter-School/Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship (IS/IVCFTT) is celebrating its 65th anniversary in TT.
As part of its observance, the organisation’s Tobago arm on Friday donated tablet devices to three deserving students of the Signal Hill Secondary School.
Tobago zonal committee representative Bernadette Andrews, a retired teacher, was there for the presentation.
Principal Xavier King also attended the event.
Andrews said the IS/IVCFTT was established by Ruby Thompson as a non-profit organisation in 1956 at St George’s College, Barataria.
Thompson had witnessed the transformative work of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in the lives of students at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and was encouraged to start a similar group in TT.
It quickly spread to several other schools in Trinidad and was eventually launched at the Bishop’s High School, Tobago.
Backed by its vision – Students Transformed By The Gospel of Christ – Andrews said the IS/IVCFTT has enjoyed much success in Tobago.
But she said covid19 restrictions have forced the group to cut back on some of its activities.
“It is now inactive because of the covid19, but it enjoyed a presence in all of the schools with the exception of Harmond’s School of SDA,” she said.
Andrews said the organisation still meets every Tuesday.
“All we have on the agenda now is a national ICF meeting which encompasses all of the secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago.
“We still want the national community to know that we exist and are hanging in there all because of God.”
Andrews said the objective of the organisation is to promote Christ within the education system.
“We want the students to get to know Christ as their personal Lord and saviour and encourage their peers to do the same.”
Owing to the covid19 restrictions, Andrews said the group’s membership cannot be quantified at this time.
“It involves the schools in Tobago, in Trinidad. So, we cannot give an accurate or specific membership because everything is on lockdown.”
“But we are trying to reach the schools now through the Zoom virtual platform.”
Andrews said the organisation is also planning other events to commemorate its 65th anniversary.