From left, Superintendent Oswain Subero, of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Hearts and Minds Programme, National Security Minister Stuart Young, director of the Office of Law Enforcement Policy (OLEP) Gale Charles and Corporal Marcano Phillip, of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Hearts and Minds Programme during the launch of the “No Child Left Behind” programme at the Ministry yesterday.

Minister of National Security Stuart Young yesterday launched a “No Child Left Behind” programme aimed at ensuring that children in need from East Port-of-Spain communities are provided with the necessary equipment to access virtual learning.

The programme emanated from the Office of Law Enforcement Policy’s (OLEP) Morvant Laventille Initiative (MLI), which was created to improve the quality of life of communities in East Port-of-Spain, through the effective delivery of policing and other public services and programmes.

OLEP through the MLI, partnered with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Hearts and Minds Programme, to identify students in the area, from primary to tertiary level who are at risk of being “left behind” in their quest for education.

Speaking at the official launch of the programme, Minister Young thanked OLEP and the Hearts and Minds Programme for collaborating on the initiative.

“Due to the changes in the school learning process caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past several months, some of our children lack devices to access virtual learning. The “No Child Left Behind” programme is an excellent initiative designed to help children who may need support,” Young said.

During the ceremony, the minister also accepted 17 new devices donated by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Credit Union to the “No Child Left Behind” programme.

Members of the IATF Hearts and Minds Programme, who are in charge of distributing the devices, were also present to receive them on behalf of the schools and communities.

To date, the programme has received 225 devices, which will be donated to 21 schools and communities over the Christmas period.

This first phase targets students preparing for the SEA, CXC and CAPE examination in 2021.