Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Digicel Foundation donates $10K for aquaponics unit at special school

Students of the New Beginnings Special School proudly view the new Aquaponics Unit installed at the school.  With them are (Left Back) Eustace Phillip representative from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries and Cindyann Currency, Digicel Foundation Operations Manager

Students of the New Beginnings Special School proudly view the new Aquaponics Unit installed at the school. With them are (Left Back) Eustace Phillip representative from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries and Cindyann Currency, Digicel Foundation Operations Manager

On Friday 17 November, a 6-Pipe Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) Aquaponics Unit was installed at the New Beginnings Special School in Petit Valley.

The Digicel Foundation donated TT$10,000.00 to assist with the start-up costs of purchasing fingerlings, seedlings, and feed for the system. 

Aquaponics, which is a symbiotic system that combines hydroponics and agriculture, teaches and instills in the children the value of sustainable development and entrepreneurship.  The Foundation partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries who designed the system and will provide training and technical advice to the school.

Last Friday Operations Manager Cindyann Currency and a representative from the Ministry visited the school and interacted with the students and teachers. 

Mrs. Nunuez, Teacher at New Beginnings thanked the Digicel Foundation and the Ministry for this opportunity and stated “The students are very excited to begin the programme and it is my hope that the older students would see a future in aquaponics farming.” 

The Aquaponics Programme which began in 2014 and has been implemented in 17 Special Needs Schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago, will be used as part of the holistic education for the 28 students at New Beginnings.

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