(R to L) - Minister Lisa Morris-Julien, Minister in the Ministry of Education, DA Shante Moore, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy; Preston Kissoon, Principal of Rio Claro West Secondary School; and Colonel Claudia Carrizales from the US Military Liaison Office. (Image courtesy US Embassy)

Rio Claro West Secondary School has received a major educational boost with the donation of thirty laptops—valued at US$15,000—from the United States, this week.

The donation was presented to Minister Lisa Morris-Julian, Minister in the Ministry of Education, and Principal Preston Kissoon of Rio Claro West Secondary School, during a small ceremony at the U.S. Embassy, on Monday 7 December 2020.

During the presentation ceremony, Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore noted the donation was in continued support of students and educators negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chargé Moore commended the education ministry for its ongoing efforts to ensure children have universal access to the tools and resources necessary to learn, despite the current challenges of COVID-19. 

“The United States faces similar challenges,” Chargé Moore observed, while pledging continued U.S. support to Trinidad and Tobago to overcome virtual education resource gaps. 

Minister Morris-Julien thanked the U.S. Embassy and Military Liaison Office for the donation, saying:

“These laptops are not just devices, but they are tools that contribute to the education and security of Trinidad and Tobago.”