TSTT helps North coast kids spell their way to victory

Trinidad - Thanks to some sharp spelling skills and TSTT, more than 30 children from Las Cuevas, La Fillette and Blanchisseuse not only got to win prizes but also encouragement to learn in a technology-driven world.

On Friday, July 4, the leading telecom provider held its TSTT Blanchisseuse Community Communication Centre Spelling Bee. Youthful participants in two age groups (7-9 and 10-12) vied for trophies, MP3 players and other TSTT provided prizes. The initiative was created to encourage a love for reading and spelling among young people in the country’s outlying districts.

“The Spelling Bee was developed to create a fun and exciting avenue for children to learn and create,” explained Camille Salandy, TSTT’s Head of Public Relations and External Affairs. “It’s about stimulating interest in technology, building communication and comprehension skills, teamwork, enhancing socialisation and building confidence and self-esteem.”

The Spelling Bee is part of an outreach programme targeting children in rural communities through the telecom firm’s Community Communication Centres. TSTT has seven Community Communication Centres in low income and rural areas of Trinidad and Tobago, giving these communities access to the Internet, computer-associated facilities, bill payments, bmobile TopUps and other subsidised services.

“The centres were set up to help bridge the ‘Digital Divide’,” Mrs Salandy said. “We are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to these services and are doing our utmost to provide them for all.”

North coast community leaders and members performed judging duties for the Friday afternoon Spelling Bee.