Columbus providing free Internet, educational TV to Barbados schools

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday April 25, 2013 – Schools in Barbados will enjoy a boost to their efforts to integrate technology into the teaching and learning process. Columbus Communications has announced that free internet, free educational cable TV and discounted landline telephone service will be provided to every primary and secondary school passed as it builds out its fibre optic network in Barbados 

John Reid, president and chief operating officer for Columbus Communications,  parent company for Columbus Barbados. made the announcement at the company’s  launch event last week. “Our most important pillar of Corporate Social Responsibility is “Enabling Learning Through Technology,” Reid said. “We cannot wait to see how teachers and students in Barbados will incorporate the technology in their learning and teaching environment.”

Reid revealed that it has been very rewarding to see how the programme has translated in the other territories in which Columbus operates , and how young people are transforming their world with the access to Columbus’ broadband technology. Some example he gave included a primary school in Jamaica setting up an on-line radio station, while another has created Wi-Fi zones where lessons are shared on the net.  The technology has enabled teachers’ innovation and some have used the technology to create Math and English teaching software to enhance performance.  

Columbus Communications operates one of the most advanced broadband networks in the Caribbean region, spanning 27 countries with operations in 15. In Barbados, Columbus operates both the Flow and Columbus Business Solutions brands.  With Flow residential clients will enjoy triple play services – digital cable, the fastest broadband internet, and digital landline telephone. Columbus Business Solutions will facilitate the increasing demand for ICT and managed services to business customers, with a comprehensive portfolio including data centre services, broadband video and voice solutions for small and medium enterprise customers, cloud based voice, security and business continuity solutions. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)