Grenada will be the first Caribbean country to benefit from a technology training initiative designed to train communities to take advantage of Internet, mobile and computer technologies.
TechLink, an initiative of BrightPath Foundation, is staged in partnership with Columbus Communications. The programme is designed encourage participants to apply their knowledge to innovatively address local needs.
Rhea Yaw Ching, corporate vice president of sales and marketing at Columbus, said the company “sees its support of TechLink as an important statement of how serious and committed we are to positively impacting the communities in which we do business".
The programme comprises a series of hands-on workshops and training seminars that specifically target young people, women, entrepreneurs and small business owners. Over the next several months, the programme will expand across the region with initiatives targeting parents, seniors, and even young children.
"At the end of the day, it is imperative that we all work together to ensure that the Caribbean stays ahead of the curve with regard to adapting technology for our benefit and the growth of the region," said Bevil Wooding, Executive Director of BrightPath Foundation.
"We are grateful to have the support of Columbus for this exciting initiative. I am confident that together, we can foster the development of more digital content and Caribbean innovation.”
The programme will kick off in St Georges at the Grenada Boys Secondary School on November 9th with a formal launch scheduled for November 23rd. Gregory Bowen, Minister of Communications, Works, Physical Development, Public Utilities & ICT, has been invited to deliver the feature address at the opening.
Through the Columbus and BrightPath partnership, the TechLink initiative will be rolled out throughout the Caribbean to encourage young people, parents, educators, small business owners, and other groups interested in technology-enabled innovation to deepen their skills, develop more local digital content and exploit new opportunities.