May 14, 2015
A new report commissioned by BP Trinidad and Tobago will help the company and community chart the development of Mayaro.
The Mayaro Baseline Report was produced by the Trade and Economic Development Unit (TEDU) of the University of the West Indies. It was launched on Tuesday May 5 at the Mayaro Resource Centre to an audience that included representatives of various community organisations, local government and energy companies operating in the area.
The report provides socio economic data on Mayaro including household data, employment, and living conditions. It also looked at education, health, recreation and sport in the area. The report will enable bpTT to gauge the needs of the area and measure the effectiveness of the company’s corporate social responsibility programmes. Data exists for the south east region of Trinidad but does not treat Mayaro separately.
The launch of the report formed part of a conference titled “Organizing for Development”, the third such meeting that brings together representatives from bpTT and the Mayaro community. BPTT has been hosting these conferences since 2012 and the data from the report is also intended to help community representatives as they implement initiatives to foster economic development in the area.
Among the findings was the fact that pass rates in English and Mathematics in Mayaro were below the national average. The data reinforced the view that improvements in education are needed. At the “Organizing for Development” conference in 2012 community representatives identified education and sport as areas that would be instrumental to development of the area. At that forum community representatives formed an umbrella organization to work on development initiatives for Mayaro. They also formed committees to focus on education and sport.
“The baseline survey is important because we cannot work on development unless we have a clear idea of what the needs of the community are and what impact bpTT’s programmes are having. Just as technology is important, so is data. Our world today is driven by data and success is quite often defined by the ability of companies to understand and use data,” said Ruan Mitchell, VP Human Resources at bpTT.
“The real challenge is human capital development,” said Dr Roger Hosein, lecturer at TEDU who presented an overview of the findings. “The question is not whether to work on education. The question is how do you change it?”
Percy Puckerin, chairman of the Education Committee, Working Together for Development said, “Basically we have a pulse on some of the concerns and some new concerns were identified in the baseline report but we hope to get the report and work with that as a way forward.”
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