PETNA Handover of Javelins to Anderson Peters

PETNA Handover of Javelins to Anderson Peters

As part of PETNA's support to the St. David's Track Blazers Club for the past few years, the PETNA Foundation on July 18, 2017 donated a pair of javelins to a member of that club (Anderson Peters) who has been selected to represent Grenada at the world games in London next month. 

2017 PETNA SPISE Scholar

The PETNA Foundation is a proud supporter of the Student Program for Innovation
in Science and Engineering (SPISE), offered by the Caribbean Science Foundation.
This support is in the form of a scholarship awarded to a deserving student who is
passionately interested in science and engineering and wishing to complete an
intensive, 4-week summer study program.

TAMCC Benefits from PETNA Foundation Partnership

The much talked about PETNA Foundation partnership with Grenada’s lone tertiary institution, TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) has finally become a reality.

Several TAMCC lecturers have received training and certificates from Masters University in Canada as part of the 5-year partnership initiative.

Minister for State in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource, Senator Simon Steill, has been spearheading this initiative. He stated that the programme would include the establishing of a student partnering programme for “greater student involvement in the teaching process,” to boost students’ competency and confidence.

An infrastructure and development committee will be put in place to explore the re-development of the sites in Carriacou, St Andrew, St Patrick and St George, as, according to Steill, these sites must be upgraded. Government approached the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for assistance and has been awarded US$500,000 in grant funding.

This new partnership will bring more technical and vocational training to the curriculum — necessary for persons to fill the needs of today’s market — and will make TAMCC one of the leading tertiary institutions in the Caribbean.

Caribbean Science Foundation Update - SPISE 2016

Caribbean Science Foundation Update - SPISE 2016

We are extremely excited to share an update from the Caribbean Science Foundation.  

The Caribbean Science Foundation is extremely grateful for [PETNA's] continued support of SPISE. Thanks in part to your very generous contribution, the fifth annual SPISE was a success, with 19 outstanding students from 8 Caribbean countries. Over the four weeks of the program, the students were exposed to university-level classes in calculus, physics, computer programming, renewable energy or robotics, biochemistry, entrepreneurship, Caribbean unity, and Mandarin. They also benefitted from career seminars by luminaries in their respective fields, and received valuable guidance through workshops that focused on time management, the college application process and effective CV preparation.

Feedback received from the students indicated that they found this once in a lifetime experience to be extremely valuable, enlightening, informative and challenging. They now have a greater sense of what career goals they aspire to and how they can contribute to the growth of the Region, and have additional skills to navigate their academic and career pursuits. You have our sincere thanks for supporting this unique opportunity for the students.

As you know, Kieran Neath of Jamaica was the SPISE 2016 PETNA Foundation Scholar. Kieran has expressed his intention to pursue a career in engineering either in the biomedical field or within materials engineering, as that is where his passion lies. Coming into SPISE, Kieran gave his commitment to learn as much as he could. Although he confessed to finding the coursework challenging, Kieran worked hard and impressed staff and his teammates with his work ethic, teamwork, commitment and dedication to all the tasks he was assigned. To this end, he was awarded the SPISE Motivational Award, which is designed to inspire those students in whom potential for additional growth is seen. We have enclosed several photos that provide a glimpse into Kieran’s experience at SPISE 2016.

Our sincere and warmest thanks to you for your support of SPISE. The additional sponsorship which you provided will be carried forward to a student in the class of 2017, and we look forward to finalizing those details with you. We hope that you will remain in contact with Kieran as he progresses into his chosen field.

With warm regards,

Dinah Sah, PhD
Director, Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering
Co-Executive Director, Caribbean Science Foundation
Senior Vice President of Neuroscience, Voyager Therapeutics

Professor Cardinal Warde
Interim Executive Director, Caribbean Science Foundation
Prof of Electrical Engineering, MIT 

Shinda School Update

We are excited to announce that the Shinda Basic School in Tanzania has achieved an enrollment of 192 pupils.  The most recent class has just completed their final exams and all sixteen pupils have graduated onto secondary school. Our primary goal is to continue to improve the quality of education and student performance to the highest rating.  

Through the help of The PETNA Foundation, construction continues with the target to complete all work in time for next year's class.  New chairs and desks have been installed for the upper grades, while the older desks and chairs are being renovated for the lower level grades. Enrollment will start between November through December this year with the help of parents to ensure the maximum number of children are enrolled for the coming school year.  

Over the next three years, the Shinda Basic School plans to: 

  1. Establish a computer lab 
  2. Erect a fence throughout the school grounds for student safety 
  3. Establish transportation services and obtain a school bus to further expand the reach of its student body 
  4. Build a fully functioning kitchen and cafeteria 
  5. Add additional restroom facilities for the its younger students 

The Shinda Basic School is extremely thankful for all the generous support it has received and continues its mission as an alternative to government schools for local, low-income families. Shinda uses progressive teaching methods, which, when compared with typical teaching in Tanzania, are quite effective. This teaching style fosters critical thinking and problem solving.