Morvant youths upgrade literacy skills at TSTT's CCC

August 2006

Sixteen children graduated in Basic Computer Literacy on Wednesday, August 30 at TSTT’s Community Communication Centre (CCC) in Morvant. The Morvant CCC is one of seven fully equipped technology centers TSTT operates in Trinidad and Tobago where residents in the environs can access computer, Internet, printing, fax and telephone services.

The free program gave the youngsters something new and fascinating to do during their vacation and according to Karen Guy, manager of the TSTT CCC they were eager to learn. “They took a liking to learning how to use the Internet, Microsoft Word and also how to prepare projects. Some of the more advanced pupils were taught Microsoft PowerPoint and successfully produced very good slide shows,” she noted. In congratulating the young graduates, Guy encouraged them to continue using the TSTT centre.

Assistant manager Sparkle Charles remarked that the computer literacy skills acquired by the children would prove very useful to them at the secondary and tertiary levels of their education. Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Charles told the youngsters to “put the skills into practice”.

Twelve of the 16 children who did the course were present for the graduation function and received certificates. Special prizes were awarded to the best student in each of the four groups which completed the course. They were: Javaughn Charles, Sher-Wynka Bobb, Nathifa Sealey and Shinelle Lynch (absent).

Nathifa, 12, revealed that she used the internet for the first time during the computer literacy course and described it as “amazing”. She used the internet to not only gather information for her projects but to also listen to her favourite singers – who include bmobile partner and R&B sensation, Rihanna.

Eleven-year-old Javaughn was one of those advanced pupils who were taught PowerPoint. He said he enjoyed producing slide shows – and the computer games he got to play once he had completed his work.

Sher-Wynka, 13, admitted that though she visited the TSTT centre before she did the course, she did not know then how to use the internet. She said her newly-acquired computer skills would be helpful in her schoolwork.