Teacher engaged in virtual classes with primary school students in East Trinidad. (Image courtesy Flow)

Teachers across the country are getting a major online boost as they embrace online teaching, courtesy Flow’s Triple A programme, which provides free broadband and video service to schools in need throughout Trinidad.

In an official statement, the company said it was re-energising the programme, as part of its commitment to assisting students and teachers make a smooth transition from brick and mortar to virtual classrooms.

“Online education has become the vehicle by which our nation’s children are being taught,” Flow observes. “To date, 424 government and government-assisted schools from across Trinidad—representing ECCE, primary schools and tertiary institutions—have been installed with the Triple A service.”

Flow also reports: “Of this number, some 20 schools have had an additional boost in service, with teachers operating out of those locations, so teachers who are unable to conduct classes at home can take advantage of the existing Triple A benefits and teach at school while their students learn off campus.”

Flow considers schools for the Triple A programme through a formal application found on Flow’s Web site. Broadband is available to institutions in digital-ready areas.

The company notes that because of the COVID-19 health regulations implemented to ensure everyone’s safety, the first term of the new academic year tested the capabilities of students, as well as the patience of teachers, as sessions were delivered virtually.

Teacher engaged in virtual classes with secondary school students in South Trinidad. (Image courtesy Flow.)

Principal of Princes Town RC Primary School, Lisa Madhosingh, says Triple A has made a difference in their education delivery capability.

“Since the boost in broadband speeds, the school continues to enjoy excellent internet service,” she reports.  “We received ‘very professional service’ from the Flow team and are grateful for the support Flow is providing to schools across the country.  They are aiding in the education of the nation’s youth at a critical time in our history.”

In existence since March 2012, Triple A is an acronym for the programme’s core values, which easily apply to teachers and students who are determined to succeed—‘Aim, Aspire, Achieve’.

Country Manager of Flow Trinidad, Kurleigh Prescod, points out that teachers need the best possible tools to continue giving students the best education possible.

“It is already challenging as it is to conduct a class online. Because of Triple A, an educator’s contact with his or her students is not limited because of unreliable online access,” Prescod says.

The Flow executive adds: “Triple A allows us the opportunity to advocate the innovative and effective use of broadband technology in education. When classes were conducted at schools, the broadband and video services were platforms used for research—complementing the hard copy texts already used in class and enhancing the scope of knowledge and understanding among students and their teachers. Now, they are vital tools in connecting with students as online learning continues in earnest.”