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CSF to host computer coding workshops in St Lucia

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Castries, St Lucia — The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), which has its headquarters on the campus of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, has announced plans to conduct computer coding Workshops in Saint Lucia.

The CSF, in partnership with Scotiabank, and the US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) launched a pilot coding workshop in Barbados in January this year.

A second staging of the workshop, which offered training in basic coding and website development, happened from September to December 2018.

The St Lucia series, according to the CSF, will convene every Saturday between January 12 and March 30, 2019 at Castries Comprehensive Secondary School from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and will culminate in a public showcase by the participants. Interim executive director Professor Cardinal Warde, co-executive director Dr Dinah Sah, and Adjunct Programme Manager Gillian Hassell recently visited Saint Lucia to engage interested stakeholders.

“The Caribbean Science Foundation is pleased and proud to launch its computer coding workshop in Saint Lucia. We are certain that this initiative will have a lasting impact on helping Saint Lucia to train the technology workforce of the future,” said Professor Warde.

The CSF coding workshops are intended to stimulate more student interest in science and engineering careers, especially computer science, and to help prepare students for university study in the STEM disciplines in general. They are also intended to help increase the low numbers of skilled ICT workers in the region and to encourage the formation of more globally competitive ICT companies.

Saint Lucian residents who are interested in a career in ICT, particularly in website or mobile application development are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be Caribbean citizens over the age of 15 years. Out of school and at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, females, and science and mathematics teachers are especially encouraged to apply, the CSF said.

Applications can be made online at http://caribbeanscience.org/coding-workshop/st-lucia.