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Indo-Caribbean Museum shares knowledge thanks to blink | bmobile Foundation

Saisbhan Jokhan – Curator at the Indian Caribbean Museum leads the tour for Graeme Suite – Head of Public Relations and External Affairs Ag. – blink | bmobile and standard three pupils of the Orange Valley Government School
When 32 pupils of the Orange Valley Government School visited the Indian Caribbean Museum again, last Wednesday, their grandparents’ stories took on fresh meaning for them. 
 
Orange Valley pupil, 9-year-old Clarissa John, said of the Waterloo-based museum, “It is a very good experience because we could see the history of Indian people and how they used to live. It teaches me a lot of lessons for Indian Arrival Day.” 
 
Nadia Ramsarran, a teacher at Orange Valley, said Indian heritage forms part of the school’s social studies programme, so “It’s good for them to see what they are learning about so that it comes to life better. Some of them remember their grandparents talking about these things so they understand it better now.” 
 
The Indian Caribbean Museum was launched in 2006, marking 160 years of the Indian presence in Trinidad and Tobago. As the museum’s main founding sponsor, blink | bmobile  “thought it important for representing the legacy of the Indian presence in Trinidad and Tobago, giving people a central location where they could access that rich history, because before the museum this resource did not exist,” said Mr. Graeme Suite, blink | bmobile’s Acting Head of Public Relations and External Affairs. 
 
“It gives everybody, not just Indo-Trinidadians, a chance to see, feel and relive the experience of early Indians in Trinidad and to understand what they brought to the multicultural society we have in Trinidad today,” he added. 
 
According to Mr. Saisbhan Jokhan, the museum’s curator, the local Indian community has been “a very vibrant one and and retained a lot of its originality”. Therefore, the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS), “thought it important to highlight a lot of this in one area,’ he said. 
 
Mr. Suite said that given the type of technology available at blink | bmobile, there are opportunities to look at applications that can make the museum’s displays more interactive, more informative and even allow a wider range of people to access the museum’s collection without being physically on location. “The museum has done well to collect and share all of the displays and we stand ready to support them in bringing greater innovation to the experience.” 
 
The museum has begun producing a collection of DVDs, in which elderly Trinidadians recount their history and memories in response to set questions prepared by Dr. Kumar Mahabir, an anthropologist, said Mr. Jokhan. He said the museum has produced 10–12 recordings already. “The persons interviewed are telling you what you never read of in history books.” 
 
The museum continues its research into Indian heritage thanks to blink | bmobile’s ongoing support, which is “a breath of fresh air,” Mr. Jokhan said.