The spirit of "one love" pervaded the commissioning ceremony of an Information Technology and Home-work Centre for the Tobago Technical School, which is located at Harmony Hall in Mt Grace last week Wednesday.
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Secretary for Education, Youth Affairs and Sport Whitney Alfred seemed to relish the opportunity of a temporary lay down of political arms to join forces with Minority Leader Ashworth Jack and his colleague and Principal of the school Rolly Quaccoo for the launch of this community-based education center.
"This is one of the good days that the Lord has made, let us continue to rejoice and be happy for it, declared Alfred. He was high in praise for the work of the school which was established in 1988 as the first technical and vocational skills institution of its kind, to provide tertiary level training and education in Tobago.
"Many of Tobago's most competent and skilled workers have passed through the doors of this school," he noted.
Alfred also lauded the versatility of the institution, which now offered a wide range of additional courses including computer literacy, graphic design, finance and business, occupational health and safety as well as CXC and CAPE subjects.
"I am also advised that the school is in the process of offering courses in renewable energy through the London-based City and Guilds and they must be commended for that," stressed Alfred.
Present also was the Canadian High Commissioner Her Excellency Karen McDonald whose Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) was the funding agency utilised to finance and develop the computer lab and homework center.
In her remarks, she identified the project as one of several projects financed by CFLI in Tobago.
"Over the past years we have taken great pleasure in working with the Tobago Literacy Unit, Environment Tobago and more recently the Tobago YMCA in Black Rock, where we provided all the safety equipment for the new swimming pool," she disclosed.
"All of these projects had a common purpose to ensure that non-governmental and community-based organisations have the ability to reach their highest potential to address the needs of the citizens of Tobago," declared McDonald.