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The Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Ministry of the People and Social Development, hosted its fourth ICT for Seniors Programme on Wednesday 22nd July, 2015 at Skinner’s Park, San Fernando. This Programme is part of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s thrust to ensure that all citizens are included and are provided with greater access to information and communication technology (ICT) and can use these technologies to improve their quality of life. This Programme follows successful programmes which were held last year in Port of Spain, Couva and Valencia. iGovTT and ttconnect were well represented as an interactive presentation and discussion was held with video material and workbooks for participants as well as a fully equipped ttconnect booth to disseminate information and material on ttconnect services. The Ministry of Science and Technology believes that ICTs can become an effective tool to allow seniors to play a greater part in society. This session introduced the senior citizens to communications tools such as email, Skype, Facebook and showed them how to access government services via the ttconnect platform and electronic banking services. There were also dynamic presentations from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on cybercrime, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago on consumer protection and other interactive displays and sessions from state agencies and private sector companies. Dr. the Honourable Rupert Griffith, Minister of Science and Technology underscored that the programme helps to foster a more seamless movement of seniors into the digital life. He affirmed “What the ICT for Seniors programme really does, is provide an important avenue to support active ageing. The use of ICTs is an opportune means of promoting life-long learning while creating benefits across different generations, bringing young people and seniors together and tackling the “digital divide.”

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