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blink | bmobile Foundation partners with the St Barbs Community Computer Centre

Gregory Sloane-Seale, Programme Coordinator at Citizen Security Programme helps set up the computers for these youngsters

“We want to show that good things can and do come out of St Barbs. The response of the youth is exciting and has shown that we are right. The programme is bearing fruit.” So said Shurland Gavin, President St Barbs Village Council, at the formal launch of the St Barbs Computer Centre on June 12th 2014 at the Red Hill St Barbs Community Centre in Laventille. The Centre was equipped with computers and office furniture provided by blink | bmobile and software provided by RSC International.

Noting that the Computer Centre was established to provide self-development opportunities to the youth of the area by teaching them new skills and attitudes, Gavin thanked blink | bmobile for their invaluable support. The Computer Centre is a joint effort of St Barbs Village Council, St Barbs Community Action Council, St Barbs Women in Action, the Hearts and Mind Programme of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), the Citizen Security Programme (CSP) of the Ministry of National Security, RSC International and the blink | bmobile Foundation.

The St Barbs Computer Centre is open to all members of the community and currently serves over (60) community members ranging from 14 to 44 yrs. Computer literacy, Mathematics and English classes are offered on the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. ALPHA, a 10-week mentorship programme is run on Sundays. Future classes will include the National Training Agency Life Skills Programme, a Grow Box Agriculture project, animation and computer repairs.

Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, Manager Corporate and Community Affairs at blink | bmobile encouraged the community to make full use of the computer facilities set up for their benefit. She said “This initiative underscores the guiding principle of the blink | bmobile Foundation that is, Shaping the future together. This project involves many stakeholders working together in an effort to open the doors to a successful future for these young people. We are proud to be a partner in this important community initiative.”

Gregory Sloane-Seale, CSP Programme Coordinator attended the launch and reminded the attendees of a meeting a couple months ago with the Police Commissioner (Ag), Stephen Williams and other senior officers who listened to the young people of St Barbs who had a vision of what they wanted for their personal and professional development. Sloane-Seale said, “The opening of the Computer Centre today is the culmination of that meeting. For when positive things happen, people want to keep it going forward. This has truly been an example of how a partnership works and a step in the right direction.”

Inspector Elvin Reid of the IATF Hearts and Mind Programme gave remarks on behalf of the Police Commissioner. He noted that the Hearts and Mind Programme was started in 2003 to bring the police and the Laventille community closer together via community outreach initiatives. He commended all for their sterling efforts and shared, “The Commissioner and the IATF are quite pleased to see the fruition of the Computer Centre today and give our commitment to continue to work with the St Barbs Community to support them in their development efforts.”

The Honourable Embau Moheni, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security delivered the feature address and assured the St Barbs Community that they have his full support and that of the Ministry of National Security. He stated “What we see here today is that various individuals and organizations have come forward to create a sustaining model that we will be replicated in other communities. Crime prevention is everyone’s business.”

The launch was well attended by many of the youth and members of the St Barbs Community who eagerly tried out the PC’s donated by the blink | bmobile Foundation. Also present were Superintendent Wayne Boyd, Inter-Agency Task Force and Raj Ramdass, Managing Director of RSC International which donated the educational software to the Computer Centre and organized the classes which are taught by certified and trained teachers.


Showing off his skills—this eager young man demonstrates the use of the CSEC Math Software to Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, Manager Corporate and Community Affairs at blink | bmobile, the Honourable Embau Moheni, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Raj Ramdass, Managing Director of RSC International


Anjanie Ramesar-Soom, Manager Corporate and Community Affairs at blink | bmobile lends a helping hand to these youngsters as they try out the educational software. Looking on are the Honourable Embau Moheni, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Superintendent Wayne Boyd Inter-Agency Task Force and Inspector Elvin Reid of the IATF Hearts and Mind Programme


Some of the beneficiaries of the St Barbs Computer Centre take a moment to share a smile with the team involved in setting it up