Tobago children get educational jumpstart
BPTT and CCC deliver math training
TWENTY-FIVE secondary school students from across Tobago have received an educational jump-start through an intensive mathematics training workshop sponsored by energy company BP Trinidad and Tobago in partnership with the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Held at the CCC Tobago headquarters in Blenheim, Mount St. George, the participants benefitted from a comprehensive review of mathematical topics during the school vacation period.
Ronda Francis, Corporate Responsibility Manager, bpTT, explained the significance of the Tobago initiative that is in its second year: “We are always providing new ways to develop the potential of our young people. This workshop energises their minds and provides them with the skills and confidence to be and do their best. The response of the students has been very encouraging and they have embraced the opportunity to improve academically. BPTT is happy to partner with the CCC to give these young people a jump-start in a subject that a lot of people are fearful of.”
The workshop covered topics relevant to the CXC mathematics syllabus, including decimals, percentages, algebra and consumer arithmetic. The programme is designed to deliver the content through an effective mix of theoretical learning and practical applications. The Tobago session was one of three ‘Adult Mathematics Experience’ workshops which catered to training young people from across the country.
The training was conducted by tutor Roxanne Douglas, senior lecturer with training agency Cross and Associates.
Shakeem Jack, of Goodwood High School, was clearly energised by the mathematics workshop. “The teacher makes mathematics seem simple. I will be entering Form Five in September and I intend to work hard and apply the knowledge I am getting from this workshop. I am confident that I will pass the subject. I’m really grateful that the CCC and bpTT gave us this chance to learn and experience Mathematics in a new light,” said Jack.