The Internet Society (ISOC) is an American non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet-related standards, education, access, and policy. Its mission is “to promote the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world”.
It was July of 2017 that a group of forty-three (43) professional formed a Chapter in St. Vincent & the Grenadines under the leadership of Roxanne John.
The Internet Society seeks to improve the quality of people’s lives in all parts of the world by providing them meaningful access to an open, trusted, and global Internet.
As part of the local Chapter’s mandate it has developed its first project to assist citizens of St. Vincent & the Grenadines called a Chapterthon, mainly in the Sandy Bay and Canouan areas.
For this project, they will be holding training sessions for young parents (ages 15-35) on what is the internet, its use, teach parents to assist their children in research and study on the internet and other interesting topics.
The project theme, “Digital skills empowerment for young parents in the two underserved areas”.
The training will take place on October 30 – November 3, 2017, simultaneously. The target will be 50 parents and two sessions one in Canouan and the other in Sandy Bay.
SVG’s ISOC Chapter has partnered with Jax Enterprises, Digicel, and NTRC for the success of this program.
A Chapterthon is a global Internet Society (ISOC) Chapters marathon, where ISOC Chapters can participate by developing a project within a timeline and budget to achieve a common goal for the development of education and the Internet.
We have always seen the Internet as a critical enabler for sustainable development and believe that access to it will help accelerate the achievement of all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).