NGOs get online with Best Barbados project

A local application development company is teaming up with the Barbados Community College (BCC) for an innovative project to raise the profiles of 50 non-profit organizations.

To commemorate Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence, the three-year-old firm Simplified Apps has launched the 50 BB Sites for NGOs Project utilizing the services of BCC technology students to develop websites for 50 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including associations, charities, community groups and schools.

Chief Executive Officer of Simplified Apps Curtis King said the idea was born out of a call by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart when he launched the Golden Jubilee celebrations on January 6 for the best Barbados.

King said in addition to generating exposure for the organizations, the programme would also provide an opportunity for the 29 students involved to gain work experience.

“We have to pass the baton to the youth,” Padmore said, stressing the need for training opportunities in information and communications technology for Barbadian youths.

Of the 29 BCC students involved, 23 are website developers and six are graphic designers.

King said he planned to expand the project next year, creating employment for over 200 young people.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley today toured the training laboratory at the Ministry of Education and advised the young people involved to extend their reach beyond the country’s borders in order to generate employment for themselves and for others.

Lashley lauded participants for the interest in NGO social issues but expressed concern over rising gun violence and drug use, advising the youth to speak out against these social ills.

“I want to see more young voices talking about these issues,” he said.

The websites – 23 of which have already been completed with the remaining 27 expected to be live by the end of this month – will operate on the .bb domain.

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