FLOW facilitates Barbadian youth & Small Business: Education meets Technology – TechLink
After the successful launch of TechLink this past November in Grenada, Columbus Communications and the BrightPath Foundation partnered once again to kick off the initiative in Barbados. TechLink targets youth, parents, small businesses and community leaders to inspire innovative application of technology that addresses local needs. It focuses on Technology Skill Training, Technology Business Facilitation, Responsible Technology Usage, and Community Impact.
Two workshops were conducted at the Cave Hill School of Business over the weekend, which catered to youth innovators from a number of secondary schools as well as small business persons. Topics focused on were, Digital Photography for the youth led by Mr. Juma Bannister, while the small business group was educated on Mobile App Development and what it can do for their business, facilitated by Mr. Stephen Lee and Mr. Mark Headley.
“Technology can, and does make a real difference in how we live and do business. Yet, while these infrastructural developments are key ingredients to our success and differentiate us from our competition both here and elsewhere, it is our continued commitment to nation building that truly reflects our enabling attitude. We do not simply invest in infrastructure; we invest in communities. And, as we see it, that investment must begin with education. And that’s what TechLink is about,” she added.
Senior BrightPath facilitator Stephen Lee, who is a Mobile App development trainer for the TechLink programme said, “Columbus and BrightPath are committed to the development of technology capacity within the Caribbean. In today’s society technological education and adoption have become a need as compared to a niche, and with Columbus’ modern broadband infrastructure in the region and high broadband speeds, the people of Barbados will continue to grow through the TechLink programme“.