ICT-enabled education for adults with hearing impairments in remote areas of Trinidad and Tobago
Deaf Pioneers Life Centre (DPLC), an NGO in Trinidad and Tobago providing educational opportunities for hearing impaired persons, and the Digical Foundation have partnered to enable deaf and hearing impaired persons living in remote areas of the islands to access educational content through live streaming and videos.
DPLC provides Sign Language classes, remedial primary math and English classes, and life skills and vocational training to adults with deafness or hearing impairments.
Speaking at the September launch of the project in Arima, Mr. Selwyn Alleyne, a director at DPLC said, “Our students come from Toco, Plum Mitan, Manzanilla, Diego Martin, Princes Town, the community of Arima and other places. The online programme that the organization is now embarking on enables a further reach of deaf persons who are unable to be with us in our programme due to where they live.”
“Wherever they are, even in the Caribbean and Worldwide; they are now able to join us for our online programmes. Additionally, deaf persons and persons who are not deaf also have the opportunity to learn sign language, Mathematics and English in the comfort of their homes.”
Deaf Pioneers Life Centre received US$5,000 in funding from the Digicel Foundation under its Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) Programme, a small grant initiative that encourages community groups to apply for funding to refurbish or develop indoor or outdoor community spaces.
The funding was used by DPLC to purchase a desktop computer, an interactive white board and other ICTs that will facilitate the streaming and recording of classes.