Grenada: Information Ministry to collaborate with Caribbean coding academy to advance technology

During a visit to the academy on Thursday, March 3, 2022, Minister Pierre said they had started the conversation to ensure that young people would be ready for the job market. The plan is to introduce coding and robotics into primary and secondary schools

Grenada: Information Ministry to collaborate with Caribbean coding academy to advance technology
Grenada: Information Ministry to collaborate with Caribbean coding academy to advance technology

St George’s, Grenada: The information ministry of Grenada will have collaborated with the Caribbean coding academy that could prepare students to uplift their skills in the technological world. Human resource development religious affairs and information minister Emeline Pierre informed about the step and stated that her ministry is open to a partnership with the Caribbean coding academy that can prepare students of Grenada, in general, to take advantage of emerging and current global technological trends.

During a visit to the academy on Thursday, March 3, 2022, Minister Pierre said they had started the conversation to ensure that young people would be ready for the job market. The plan is to introduce coding and robotics into primary and secondary schools. 

Minister Pierre reiterated that they would look at piloting an initiative in the school system in a formal way so they are not left behind in a technological revolution that is taking place globally and added that the foundation has already been laid having introduced it in schools, but they must move to a more responsive level. 

“Are we ready for what is ahead of us, are we ready for what is currently at the international level that our people can benefit from and so when we speak about employment and opportunities as it relates to employment, we have to be realistic about the traditional jobs are they going to be there forever and are there going to be jobs that are going to be able to take our people to the level of success that they would want to have or are there emerging jobs emerging careers, emerging areas that our people need to be prepared for and to take advantage of. Already they’re existing, they are tapping into it but very small numbers how do we ensure that more of our people are able to benefit”, outlined Pierre. 

Further, Clifford Brown, one of the co-founders of the Caribbean Coding Academy, says the ministry will select a secondary school after which the academy will introduce most of its courses. 

He said that their preference now is working with fourth and fifth form students, and a number of Grenadians are already benefiting from the training and international connections. 

“We have several young people working for foreign companies abroad making very good salaries impacting their personal lives, the family lives and bringing foreign exchange into Grenada, so we know we could transform Grenada. We have stories testimonials where persons come in here with no hope and unemployed, and we were able to put them into our job training programme, and today they’ll gainfully employ so we know that we could transform Grenada we know that”, underscored Brown

The economy of Granada need to be diversified; the academy is expanding its services to include Marine training. 

Keith Ashby, one of the directors, noted that we are becoming a marine training centre; you no longer have to go to Jamaica or Trinidad to get trained.