DIGICEL FOUNDATION AQUAPONICS PROGRAMME ENTERS YEAR TWO
Wednesday October 7 2015: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – After having a successful year in 2014, the Digicel Foundation in collaboration with the Aquaculture Unit at the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries have decided to join forces again for a second year via the Digicel Foundation Aquaponics Programme on October 3.
Three additional special needs schools have joined the Aquaponics Programme- the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), the Wharton Patrick Government and Aspirare Learning Centre and have already had their units installed.
Between 2014 and 2015 the Digicel Foundation were successfully able to install a total of 7 units in Trinidad and 2 in Tobago. The 2015-2016 year brings much more hope with a proposed 10 new units to be installed at special needs schools across Trinidad and Tobago. Having already installed 3, the Digicel Foundation is extremely excited to begin witnessing the invaluable benefits to be reaped.
The main objectives of the Digicel Foundation Aquaponics Programme are to expose the students to the technology and to build awareness on the benefits of growing one’s own food. The students will have the option of pursuing this initiative as an alternative income generator after graduation. It also focuses on the therapeutic gains of including this component into the children’s academic schedule and the overall commercial benefits for special needs schools.