New Charity Trust of Barbados asserts “Technology Is For Everyone” – Benefit for young Barbadians on 22nd August 2010 “Ultimate Challenge”

Anyone born in the last 25 years is a part of “Generation T” (for technology). Yet right here in Barbados, not everyone has access to the wealth of knowledge that computers can bring.

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The Tech-Knowledge Trust, launched in earlier this year, is on a mission to help disadvantaged children across Barbados to gain access to computers where they otherwise could not. The Trust is the idea of Luke DeFreitas, a law student at the University of London, Kimberley Taylor, a medical student at the University of the West Indies, and Stephanie Marshall, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Sheffield.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. DeFreitas explained, “The benefits of access to technology are greater than those immediately related to education. Computer literacy increases employability and will allow these children to generally be a part of our increasingly digital world.”

The trust’s first project is to roll out computers in the Challenor School, the Sunshine Stimulation Centre, and the John Payne School, whose students all have special needs. Whether it’s learning to count or learning to spell, these schools all have stories of how they already use the limited computers available to change lives and to improve their students’ self-esteem.

To assist in raising an initial goal of $30,000, the Trust is organising an all-day team event called “The Ultimate Challenge” on August 22nd 2010. The idea is to give the participants one really tough and entertaining day while constantly reminding them that a brighter future for the children is the real Ultimate Challenge.

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