Commonwealth computer recycling project in Trinidad and Tobago supports community development

From Caribbean Press Releases is this information about a ICT project in Trinidad and Tobago that has to date not been mentioned on the Ministry of Public Administration and Information website or publicised locally in Trinidad and Tobago. What hardware will be used? What software will be used on these recycled computers? :

Commonwealth — July 25, 2007 — Trinidad and Tobago will benefit from a Commonwealth Connects programme to fund a computer refurbishment project that will benefit schools and communities, particularly those in need.

The $100,000 project known as Computers for Communities will be managed by the Ministry of Public Administration and Information. It involves the collection of used computers donated by Caribbean governments and the private sector for re-use in Trinidad and Tobago through upgrading and repair. This exercise addresses the environmental concerns involving the disposal of computer equipment by refurbishing used computers instead of discarding them. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will provide supplementary funding for the completion of this project.

The Computers for Communities project involves cleaning, assembly, software installation and configuration, quality assurance testing, distribution and installation of refurbished computers. This will help expand the pool of trained information and communication technology (ICT) technicians besides creating employment in the ICT sector and encouraging good corporate citizenship.

This project will promote the use of ICT in Trinidad and Tobago. It is in line with one of the focus areas of the Commonwealth Connects programme of promoting local access and connectivity within the Commonwealth. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is estimated that 10 per cent of the country’s population of over a million have internet access. This computer refurbishment project will enhance internet usage in the Caribbean country.

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