On February 18th 2021, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) delivered laptops and tablets to schools in the Caroni District. This follows a pledge by NGC and its subsidiaries in November 2020, to join with the Ministry of Education (MOE) under their “No Child Left Behind” initiative, by providing approximately 650 electronic devices to students to support remote learning.
Collectively, over the coming weeks, NGC and its subsidiaries will distribute close to TT$2 million dollars’ worth of devices to students across the country, who are still required to attend classes virtually. NGC’s subsidiaries include National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (National Energy), Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGPL), NGC CNG Company Limited (NGC CNG), and La Brea Industrial Development Company Limited (LABIDCO).
This initiative falls under the ambit of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, through which the companies invest heavily under pillars of education, youth development and empowerment. The “No Child Left Behind” programme, which facilitates education in the “new normal”, also aligns perfectly with the NGC’s sustainability agenda. According to NGC President, Mark Loquan, “We live in a world and time where very little can be accomplished without a computer. These devices are the basic tools needed for participation in and socialisation into modern society. If we are at all interested in ensuring the sustainability of our planet, we need to invest in our children and prepare them for the roles they will have to assume tomorrow. This means investment in a solid platform of education, and we are eager to do our part.”