iGovTT has announced that they made a loan of a dozen laptops to the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service (TTPrS) for their inmates’ participation in the first Inter-Continental Chess Championship for prisoners. Details follow in this press release from iGovTT:

As part of our continuing journey of digital transformation, iGovTT yesterday made a loan of a dozen laptops to the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service (TTPrS) for their inmates’ participation in the first Inter-Continental Chess Championship for prisoners. The tournament is being hosted by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Chicago, in collaboration with the International Chess Federation, FIDE, as part of its ‘Chess for Freedom’ project.

The laptops were handed over in a brief ceremony held at iGovTT’s Lord Harris Court Offices, Pembroke Street, Port of Spain. iGovTT’s Deputy CEO (Ag.) Sherwin Ragoonanan, was on hand to make the presentation to Supt. Allan Nanan of the TTPrS, along with President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association, Ms. Sonja Johnson.

With just one week to go for the tournament, iGovTT gladly offered to facilitate the TTPrS with the laptops after CEO (Ag.) Charles Bobb-Semple was approached by the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association for assistance. With the laptops, the inmates can access online chess resources in readiness for the competition.

In his remarks at the hand-over ceremony, Deputy CEO (Ag.) Ragoonanan was extremely elated that iGovTT could support the TTPrS in its rehabilitative and restorative mandate. He also highlighted that chess is more than just a game, in that it teaches rules and responsibility for one’s actions, as well as problem-solving approaches.

Both Supt. Nanan and Chess Association President, Ms. Johnson, expressed immense gratitude to iGovTT for its timely and significant assistance. Supt. Nanan, noted that with the COVID restrictions of limitations with contact sports and other such recreational activities, chess is an ideal alternative and appropriate outlet for the inmates to participate in. Ms. Johnson noted that for the tournament, Trinidad and Tobago will be represented by three teams, inclusive of a female team.

iGovTT extends all the success to the inmates in the tournament.