Mayaro’s parents learn digital literacy skills with NESC


The digital literacy instructor and graduates of the National Energy Skills Center (NESC) digital literacy program are standing. Seated, Stephon Stoute, NESC Business Development Manager, left; Samantha Inglefield, community relations at Perenco; Kristle Gangadeen, Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications, NESC; Indra Ramroop-Ramkissoon, Acting Dean, School of Continuing Studies; and Fazeed Kurban, campus director. –

Sixteen parents from the Mayaro community have obtained certifications in digital literacy, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

The National Energy Skills Center (NESC) has developed the specially personalized training program for Mayaro parents whose children are engaged in online learning. The program was particularly timely as a significant number of students continue to attend school online and need hands-on tech support from their parents, according to a press release.

For 18 Saturdays, graduating parents participated in the program that equipped them with essential ICT skills, including creating and formatting documents. Cybersecurity and privacy were also key elements of the program to raise awareness of the risks associated with the virtual environment, the statement said.

Judith Bruce, Class Major, spoke of the crippling fear that the online learning environment aroused in her, but expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn skills to maneuver digital platforms. She encouraged other parents not to be overwhelmed by fear, but rather to challenge themselves and improve the lives of their children.

At the graduation ceremony on November 27, Indra Ramroop-Ramkissoon, Acting Dean of the School of Continuing Education at NESC, praised parents for taking on the challenge of learning technology. Ramroop-Ramkissoon celebrated the competence of graduates by stating, “Today you don’t just leave NESC with a certificate. You come away with the knowledge and skills to confidently and successfully support your children’s education in this online learning world.

The statement said the NESC continues to take pride in strengthening communities through vocational training. For more than a decade, NESC has partnered with Perenco T&T Ltd, whose sponsorship has provided free training programs in a plethora of skills to the community of Mayaro. This partnership has supported personalized NESC program offerings such as entrepreneurial skills, building construction technology, and refrigeration and air conditioning maintenance.

The NESC said it is committed to understanding the needs of communities and providing excellent technical training to support them. Currently, personalized training programs are being offered to other communities, including Point Fortin and La Brea, the statement said.

In addition, it offers diploma programs, craftsman certificates and short courses at its campuses in Point Lisas, Ste Madeleine, Chaguanas and Tobago.

Dwight E. Schulz