Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago’s ministry of education visited Atlanta recently to learn about communications technology in schools here, as well as explore the construction process of new schools.

          The fact-finding mission was arranged through the AtlantaPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, sister city relationship, which was established in 1987.

Doug Barzey, an international trade specialist with the Center for Trade and Technology Transfer, arranged meetings for the delegates with B. & E. Jackson & Associates Inc., an engineering and architectural firm and A Unity System Inc., a manufacturer of computers.

The group also visited city of Atlanta and DeKalb County public schools to observe how modern technology, computer labs and multimedia systems are used in secondary schools here, according to Norma KendallHamlett, chair of the Atlanta-Port of Spain Sister Cities Committee.

Based on the group’s findings, Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of education, Hazel Anne Marie Manning, and permanent secretary of education, Jennifer Samson, are slated to visit Georgia later this year, said Ms. Kendall-Hamlett.

The recent delegation included Margaret Thompson, general manager for the ministry of education; Esther Farmer, senior project manager for the ministry; Joy McGlorire-Beckles, the ministry’s corporate administrative service manager and Kendrick Burgess, a senior administrative officer with the ministry of education.

          For more information, contact Ms. Kendall-Hamlet at (770) 433-8211, ext. 17181 or Mr. Barzey at (404) 651-3934.