The 25 children resident in the three cottages at the Nightengale Home on Black Rock, St. Michael, have had an upgrade in the technology they will be using from today, thanks to telecommunications giant, Digicel.
The upgrade became a reality today when Marketing Executive, Randy Howard, and Head of Human Resources, Kerrigan Roach, both at Digicel, handed over three Huawei Media Pads to officials and children of that institution.
Howard noted that on Friday the world will celebrate telecommunications day and the gesture was part of Digicel’s outreach programme to the wider community. He pointed out that the device can replace the lap-top and desk-top computer and can be used as a research tool or to surf the Internet.
“Essentially we are giving the children tools to stay connected,” Howard said. “This explains why we have brought these tablets to the children. They can be used as a tool for research. They can be used for leisure.
“These tablets can also be pre-loaded with applications that can assist the children. There are a number of programmes on the Web that can be downloaded for their educational development as well as for leisure.”
He revealed that on Friday Digicel would also donate tablets to the Pinelands Creative Workshop and was in a partnership with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry to provide prizes to the Greydon Sealy Secondary School for a programme they were undertaking.
Howard said Digicel was also looking to go into the Barbados Community College and Samuel Jackman Polytechnic to answer questions from students who were thinking of pursuing career in the telecommunications.
Meanwhile, Roach explained that Digicel was expanding its reach into the community and not only for the projection of ICT. He said they hope to go into the hospitals and senior citizens homes with programmes designed to the quality of the lives or residents.
Speaking on behalf of the Child Care Board, Director Joan Crawford acknowledged that Digicel had been a good corporate citizen to the Nightengale Home for a number of years and stressed that this evening’s presentation was just a continuation.
Crawford acknowledged that during the past Christmas season corporate Barbados had been very generous to the Child Care Board. (NC)††††††