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Students to benefit from FLOW, One on One Education partnership

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM
FLOW partner One on One Educational Services copped the prestigious Young Entrepreneur of the year award at the recent NCB Nation Builder Award. Corporate Communications Manager Naomi Francis (second left) congratulated the team. From left to right: One on One team members Marc Robinson, Kimberly Forbes-Martin, Ricardo Allen and Dujon Dunn.

Cable & Wireless (C&W), operator of the FLOW and LIME brands, has signed a landmark five-year exclusive partnership with One on One Educational Services aimed at offering Caribbean students greater access to a wide variety of study materials for Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).

One on One Education Services will provide a variety of educational material, including video tutorials for full online courses, video lectures and past paper solutions, as well as other examination preparation materials such as notes and question-and-solutions banks. This education programme will also include a digital encyclopaedia, virtual labs - a unique visual and interactive way of learning.

As part of this partnership, FLOW customers will receive the basic education package at no additional cost with their broadband service and will be able to upgrade at exclusively discounted prices. The education content will be available seamlessly across a FLOW Study website, exclusive FLOW Study apps, as well as on the Flow Video On Demand TV platform.

"This is yet another demonstration of our commitment to technology investment for the development of the region," said John Reid, president of C&W Consumer Group.

"Through initiatives such as One on One, we have a tremendous opportunity to provide our customers with access to high-quality education tools across multiple platforms that would have otherwise been costly and unattainable," he added.

Reid also said: "We went through a vigorous process to determine which provider had the best overall education solution in the region. Our quest led us to One on One, and we are truly delighted to be able to deliver the best to our customers."


New markets


Ricardo D. Allen, president and CEO of One on One Educational Services, said: "We are very excited about this partnership with Cable & Wireless/FLOW. This will propel our education programme to new heights, new markets and provide access that was considered unattainable."

Allen further said that in just a few years, his company has enabled more than 2,000 students in Jamaica alone to enhance their performance at the CSEC and CAPE examination. He stated that several students have gained scholarships and grants towards their tertiary education.

"Our vision has always been to expand our business model through enabling greater access to our products as well as to continue in our effort to create even more online learning content, which we will be doing through this deal," he said. "Cable & Wireless Communications is the market leader in the Caribbean for the provision of mobile, broadband and TV, therefore, this deal fits nicely into our strategic objective to educate students anywhere, at any time. Through this deal, in addition to Internet access, students will be able to prepare for their exams from the comfort of their living rooms, on their TVs, or on the go via Flow's mobile platform."

The partnership is expected to continue the efforts of past initiatives of One on One to reduce the cost of education and increase the participation rate of children and adults in learning.