THE Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) presented 17 data plans to pupils and teachers of the De Hoop Primary School to assist with online learning.
Since March 2020, the pupils of the school were unable to connect virtually with their teachers, due to internet access restrictions.
Malini Gouridat, former pupil of the De Hoop Primary School and current GTT employee, highlighted the issue to GTT, and the company quickly addressed the challenge.
According to Gouridat, she needed to help the community she grew up in, ensuring that pupils are afforded similar opportunities to succeed.
Chief Executive Officer of GTT, Justin Nedd, expressed similar sentiments. He stated, “We believe that education is one of the most important tools to help shape someone’s future. These children are the future workforce; they cannot be left behind.”
Deokeiee Cheddie, Teacher at De Hoop Primary, expressed how appreciative she was.
“This is the first time many of our pupils are accessing internet services – GTT made that possible… online technology will be utilised to improve teaching, especially during this current pandemic, and will help us [teachers] stay connected with our pupils to ensure they are receiving the materials necessary to learn,” Cheddie said.
Grade 2-5 pupils and teachers received SIMs and data plans to assist with online teaching/learning for the next 2 months.
Youhan Devon and Vindya Maraj, beneficiaries of a data SIM from GTT, were quite happy to receive the gift from GTT. They said, “Our teacher, Ms. Annie, had to send the information to us through our neighbour, but now that we have internet access, she can connect with us directly – we are really happy about this.”
GTT continues to offer its Teacher’s Plan to all teachers which will see teachers receiving a 25% bonus plan.
Teachers interested in the plan are asked to WhatsApp 6438569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.