CDB $2B Skills Development and Employability Project to be rolled out in schools

December 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Education, has launched the Guyana Skills Development and Employability Project. This venture is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The cost is US$12,252,000 (GUY$2.4B).

The institutions that will be targeted under this project are Fellowship Practical Instruction Centre (PIC), Region Three; Beterverwagting PIC, Region Four; Hopetown PIC, Region Five; St. Ignatius Secondary School, Region Nine; Bartica Secondary School, Region Seven; Mahdia Secondary School, Region Eight and North-West Secondary in Region One.

The aim of this project is to boost Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in Guyana.

It will provide school leavers with the opportunity to attain and acquire the appropriate skills and competencies to successfully enter the job market, an economic enterprise or to pursue appropriate post-secondary education and training.

The project is the second of its kind in Guyana. Under the first project, the Leonora and Mahaicony Technical Training Centres and the Development of a Data, Records and Information Management System came into being. The current initiative has been described as ‘timely’ since it will answer a multitude of questions. This is according to Assistant Chief Education Officer (ag), Mr. Michael Turner.

“This project will answer the question of how to reduce the cost of access to TVET for young people completing secondary school and of course those unable because of learning or other impediments. These young people will now be able to develop skills and competencies in greater numbers because of the ease of access that will be afforded by Technical and Vocational Education being provided closer to home.”

Mr. Turner is of the view that Guyana must return to producing and maintaining the high level of skilled workers that are encouraged to remain as contributory citizens to Guyana’s economy; students that will not find it necessary to leave the country to gain better remuneration for the skills they have acquired.

CDB Portfolio Manager, Social Sector Division, Dr. Idamay P. Denny has said that the direction of the project coincides with the approach and strategic direction of the Bank.  According to Dr. Denny, at the CDB’s recent Board of Directors meeting in October 2017, a new Education and Training Policy and Strategy was approved and linked in many ways to the region’s political priority of delivering sustainable employment, social parity and inclusive growth.

“In this regard, the Bank’s agenda is clear. As the leading multilateral development agency in the region, we will continue to work with our borrowing member countries to ensure that our people and their skills are at the heart of the region’s growth and development. This is our mission.”

Dr. Denny stated that since the beginning of the 21st Century, Guyana’s economy has experienced sustained growth and poverty levels have seen some decline.  “To remain on this growth trajectory, the country has made a conscious decision to give the development of skills a much more explicit focus in its development strategy.”

This Skills Development and Employability Project is a Pilot Project, according to Chief Education Officer, Mr. Marcel Hutson. The initial exercise is expected to result in all students across the secondary sector to access skills training for the world of work or continuous lifelong education.

According to Mr. Hutson, the project will place Guyana’s secondary sector on parity with its counterparts in the Caribbean, thereby fulfilling the CARICOM TVET strategy of streamlining TVET in secondary schools, allowing students to leave school with a skills certificate, in addition to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC).

Guarding Against Those Bogus Educational Institutions

September 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

To avoid being scammed by illegitimate private institutions, a parent or a guardian could easily go directly to the Ministry of Education to enquire if a school is, at least, registered.
For technical and tertiary institutions, one can check for their accreditation (official approval or endorsement) with the National Accreditation Council [NAC] of Guyana. Once an institution is accredited by NAC, its name and accreditation status is recorded on the NAC’s website [], thus giving persons a helping hand to choose wisely.


(Article taken from the Guyana Inc. Magazine Issue 27)

Ministry of Education to focus on ‘Innovation’ through Youth Innovation Project

September 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In simple terms, the word ‘innovation’ is defined as a new idea, method or device. It is also the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay. Further, to be called an innovation, an idea must be replicable at an economical cost and must satisfy a specific need.
Innovation involves deliberate application of information, imagination and initiative in deriving greater or different values from resources, and includes all processes by which new ideas are generated and converted into useful products.
In business, innovation often results when ideas are applied by the company in order to further satisfy the needs and expectations of the customers.
Like its rich pristine landscape, Guyana has rich human and natural resources piping with creative juices. The next step is the materialization of those ideas which will inevitably position our populace – especially the youth – in the right direction.
In recognition of the high level of unemployment among Guyana’s youth, and the need to further youth development, the Ministry of Education is embarking on a Youth Innovation Project (YIPoG) which was launched on May 22, 2017 at the Umana Yana.
The project will address in- and out-of-school youths, and is intended to harness the hidden innovative spirit among young people by providing timely and affordable interventions and funding to implement their pioneering ideas.
The project will support existing initiatives such as the Youth Entrepreneurship and Skills Training Programme (YEST), the Volunteerism Support Platform (VSP), and the President’s Youth Award Programme Republic of Guyana (PYARG).

The Competition
The Tertiary Institution and Community Technical Innovation Challenge or TICTIC calls for responses/action by youths/groups/schools to societal issues. The purpose of this contest is the recognition and support of the production of outstanding project proposals and initiatives in the 10 Administrative Regions of Guyana.

Persons from all 10 Administrative Regions, including Georgetown, in the 16-35 age range and who are not attending a primary or secondary school are eligible to participate. Applicants are encouraged to come up with creative ideas and fundable project proposals that would qualify them to access training and seed funding. Teams of up to 10 persons will be tasked to design and build a STEAM initiative under the mentorship of their teachers.
STEAM refers to activities based on science, technology, engineering, agriculture, anthropology, archeology, architecture, the arts, mathematics and spirituality.
They will also be expected to use STEAMs to propose innovative solutions for identified problems and compete against other teams in the community and country-wide.


Important dates:-
Deadline: July 14
Feedback from Selection Committee:
July 1 – August 31
Announcement of winning projects:
September 1
Production of prototype:
September – November
Evaluation: December 1-15

Categories for the Winners
1. Most Relevant to Sustainable Communities
2. Most Creative and Innovative
3. Best Plan and Project Design
4. Best use of STEAMS
5. Best Presentation


(Article taken from the Guyana Inc. Magazine Issue 27)

Diwali- Celebrating The Triumph Of Good Over Evil

November 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Deepavali, more popularly known as Diwali, is arguably the one holiday which, not only seeks to unite persons of all creeds and backgrounds, but celebrates the universal principle that good always conquers evil. It is this very principle that strikes at the core of one’s intrinsic love for mankind and the desire for the world to be a much better place.
The rich history and spiritually binding powers of this holiday are just two of its many qualities that make it so beloved and sacred in many culturally diverse societies.
In fact, this Hindu Festival of Lights is celebrated as a holiday not only in Guyana, but in countries such as India, Fiji, Pakistan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Myanmar, Suriname and a few others as well.
The festival is celebrated during autumn for those in the north, and spring for those in the south, occurring concurrently with each other.
On the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik, described as the darkest night of that month. That day this year will be the 30th of October on the standard Gregorian calendar.
Spiritually, Diwali does not just signify good over evil, but also the concepts of knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.
Now why exactly do we celebrate Diwali?
There are actually many reasons why people celebrate the festival, but the story of Lord Rama and Sita is perhaps the most cited reason by many.
The story tells of the exile of Lord Rama, one of the avatars or incarnations of Lord Vishnu, from his home for 14 years by his father, King Dasratha, who was the ruler of the Kingdom of Ayodhya.
His exile was not one without reason, as his stepmother, Queen Kaikeyi, wanted her sons to become Kings instead of Dasratha’s eldest sons, Rama and Lakshmana.
Using her power as queen, she coerced the King to force his two sons into exile. With goodness in their hearts and not wanting to disobey their father, Rama and Lakshmana moved, along with Rama’s wife, Sita, to live in the forest.
It so happened that one day as Sita was out walking in the forest, the demon king, Ravana, passed in his flying chariot and looked upon her beauty and wanted her in his palace.
This urge he could not resist and so kidnapped the fair damsel and took her to his palace where he put her among his other attendants.
After finding out about the treachery of the demon king, Lord Rama and Lakshmana set out to free her, along the way encountering Lord Hanuman.
Lord Hanuman was immediately able to recognize Lord Rama’s divinity and pledged his allegiance to him and his cause. After many trials and tribulations, Lords Rama, Hanuman and Lakshmana finally entered the demon kingdom.
With the aid of a great monkey army led by Lord Hanuman, Rama and Lakshmana faced off against Ravana and his army of demons.
After a fierce, seemingly endless battle, Lord Rama and his allies were successful in defeating the demon king and his army. They were then able to rescue Sita and returned home with her.
It was a great time for celebration as no one had to worry about the ravages of the demons, and finally the rightful king was back. The night of their return was the darkest and so persons far and wide lit oil lamps to guide them on their way home.
The story varies in different locations but the same concept applies to each. The lights that are seen on the nights of Diwali are to signify the lights placed hundreds of years ago in front of houses and yards to light the way for the return of Lord Rama.
This story, along with all of the traditions surrounding Diwali, became part of Guyana’s rich, cultural fabric. They were brought here by East Indians who came to Guyana as indentured labourers and worked on the sugar plantations after slavery was abolished.
Hundreds of years ago, there were no open celebrations of Diwali. Instead, it was just celebrated in the confines of logies in small scanty villages.
These were the efforts made by the East Indians of that time to preserve their culture, their religion and heritage. They made much with the little that they had.
During the Diwali celebrations today, there can be seen, intricate diyas and all manner of lamps. But the modern configurations of these pieces are in stark contrast to the ones used by Guyana’s indentured labourers in the humble beginnings.
Indentured immigrants painstakingly collected globs of mud and amorously crafted individual diyas from them. They either baked them in the sun or, for those who were privileged enough, used a makeshift furnace.
Back then, every diya was a little work of art and signified then, as it still does today, the fueling of the flame of hope. Each diya, for the immigrants, was a reminder of home and the peace of their culture.
Their celebrations, in comparison to now, were simple. Small amounts of diyas were lit and placed in front of logies as dusk approached.
The occupants of each house were keen to keep each and every one lit until it was time to sleep. And even after that, there was the hope that nature was kind enough to keep the winds at a minimum so that the lamps were kept lit throughout the night. Resources were low, but the best there was to eat was provided for everyone. Neighbours shared with each other and a feeling of harmony was fostered through the happiness of the celebrations.
Why, then, did our ancestors work so hard to preserve this specific festival?
The answer lies in the main deity of the festival, Lakshmi. Lakshmi, according to the Hindu texts, is the goddess of wealth, good tidings and prosperity.
Some texts go as far as describing her as the goddess of good luck and great blessings. It is for this very reason that the East Indians clung to their faith, keeping the hope that she would bless them and keep them from ill fate.
It was their hope that she would drive away her negative counterpart, Alakshmi, the goddess of ill-will, from their lives.
Since those days, the worship of Maha Lakshmi has been the main focus. He who partakes in the festival, performs what is known as Lakshmi Puja, a prayer to Maha Lakshmi, and asks for her blessings for both material and spiritual fulfilment.
In honour of this puja (prayer), it is not uncommon to find persons rigorously cleaning their houses and decorating them with fairy lights and flowers of all colours, even a month before the actual day.
This is significant because Maha Lakshmi only enters a home that is clean and inviting. Persons would often tend to begin the observation of a vegetarian fast and abstinence from alcohol, as it is not just a clean house that Maha Lakshmi expects, but the clean hearts living in said house as well.
On the day of Diwali, families come together to cook the best vegetarian dishes and sweet meats that they could afford. These are often times distributed to neighbours as well as friends and families in other areas, in keeping with what was done in the past.
Additionally, the members of a practicing Hindu home, after the day’s activities, would clean themselves off and get dressed in their best wear.
Together, they gather around in front of their Lakshmi murti at dusk, saying prayers and chanting mantras before coming out of the house to light their first diya.
Some persons choose to keep the amounts they light at a minimum, but there are others who choose a more elaborate quantity, thus adding to the spectacle of the evening.
In Guyana, it is not uncommon to find young persons spinning lit steel wool, a spectacle itself to the viewing eye. Explosives, sparkers and fireworks are common place and could be found being sold by stalls and shops countrywide.
Diwali has not remained confined to homes as it was before. Many commercial businesses and companies have adapted to the celebrations, especially around this time of year.
In fact, many businesses in Guyana have started to decorate with lights and signs in observation of the holiday. These act as an enhancement to the lit diyas on the night of the holiday, thus adding to the brightness and general aesthetics of the surroundings.
Another tradition unique to Guyana is the annual countrywide Diwali Motorcade held by the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha. This was started some 43 years ago and remains very popular to this day.
In fact, the Diwali Motorcade has become synonymous with the Diwali celebrations in Guyana.
In essence, the Motorcade features vehicles dressed up in lights and other decorations, along with portrayals of Maha Lakshmi, Lord Rama, Hanuman and other gods and goddesses.
Some even show reenactments of the Ramayan epic supplemented by bhajans and other instrumentations. The Motorcade started simply, with just a few vehicles and even horse carts. Although there was a decrease in 2015, 2016 promises to be the biggest Motorcade in 43 years.
On the eve of October 30, the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha will be hosting the 43rd annual Diwali Motorcade.

Guyanese Students Deliver Outstanding Performance at CXC/ CAPE exams

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

On August 12, 2016, the wait for thousands of Guyanese students was finally over. They were finally about to know what was the results of their months of grueling studies, extra lessons and sleepless nights.
On that fateful day, the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) unveiled the results for this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examination (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), written in the May/ June period.
The long anticipated results had come just in time for students to plan their next moves, as the new academic year was quickly approaching.
Despite the date that the results were revealed by CXC, the Ministry of Education in Guyana, after much deliberation, chose to reveal the national results on August 17 at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development. There, officials basically gave a rundown of the statistics that concerned the exams.
For CSEC, it was found that there was an increase in the number of candidates who registered to sit the exam than in previous years; with entrances from private schools accounting for approximately 35 per cent of all candidates. That is, a total of 12,809 students having sat the exams, 4540 were from private schools.
In contrast, CXC reported that for the Caribbean, there was a vast decrease in the amount of candidates from 132,824 in 2015 to 132,674 this year.
Taking into consideration the area of subject entries, there was a total of 73,303 in Guyana, with a reported pass rate of 63.39 per cent. This would therefore mean a marginal increase from the previous 62.72 per cent in 2015. Yet again, Guyana’s performance contrasts that of the region, which, even though it had a total subject entry of 585,223, it had a pass rate of 66 per cent. This represented a decrease from 2015’s 68 per cent. It is important to note however, that the pass rate was strictly dependent on attainment of Grades One to Three.
In English A, one of the two core subjects, Guyana saw an overall pass rate of 59.3 per cent, an increase from the lower 49.36 per cent in 2015, reflective of CXC’s increase in the pass rate for said subject from 60 per cent in 2015 to 67 per cent this year.
There was also a positive correlation between the decrease in the pass rate for Mathematics for both the Caribbean and Guyana, with 57 per cent in 2015 to 44 per cent in 2016 and 45.07 per cent in 2015 to 38.37 per cent in 2016, respectively.
In terms of the top students for this year, of the 12,809 who wrote, a total of 46 were able to obtain Grade Ones in 11 subjects and over. Further, topping that list was a student from St. Rose’s High School, Fatima Karim, who managed to obtain 19 Grade Ones and 1 Grade Two.
The teen, who attended Marian Academy in her early high school life, had transferred to The Bishops’ High School, where she spent her third form year. She made her switch to St. Rose’s High School after learning that Bishops’ had a limit to the amount of subjects that a student could write.
Her intention from the inception was to be the best, as she stated “students should be allowed to write as many subjects as they can and that is my belief. Once they have the ability and they can do it then they should go for it.” Her statement came after comments over the sheer quantity of subjects that she and other students undertook to write. Coming in second for the country was Kayshav Tewari from Queen’s College, with 19 Ones, and in third was Aadilah Ali also from Queen’s College, who obtained 18 Grade Ones, 3 Twos and 1 Grade Three.
The remainder of the top ten are as follows: Ramkumarie Ramdass of Saraswati Vidya Niketan, who obtained 18 Grade Ones and 1 Grade Two; Sariah Singh of Queen’s College with 18 Ones; Joshua Indarjit of Skeldon Line Path Secondary School with 17 Ones; Kimberly Najab also of Saraswati Vidya Niketan with 15 Grade Ones and 3 Grade Twos; followed by Kevin Lall of Anna Regina Secondary School who managed to obtain 15 Grade Ones. And lastly, Pritisha Baldeo and Narindra Persaud, both from Saraswati Vidya Niketan and both obtaining 14 Grade Ones, 3 Grade Twos and 3 Grade Threes.
This year also, the pass rates of specific schools were commended, having topped their respective regions. For Region two, it was Anna Regina Secondary School with a pass rate of 87.78 per cent, Zeeburg Secondary School for Region three with 85.14 per cent and for Region four it was President’s College with 89.23 per cent.
In Region five, Rosignol Secondary School came out with 66.05 per cent; Region Six, Berbice High School with 89.52 per cent; Region Nine, St. Ignatius Secondary School with 84.55 per cent and in Georgetown, Queen’s College managed to top the list with 96.1 per cent closely followed by The Bishops’ High School with 95 per cent, a difference of 1.1 per cent.
In terms of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), 898 students partook, with a total of 4062 subject entries. The recorded pass rate was found to be 86.74 per cent with 478 of the 4062 subject entries providing Grade Ones, 746 Grade Twos, 860 Grade Threes, 689 Grade Fours and 535 Grade Fives.
The top CAPE student came from Queen’s College, being Deenauth Mohabeer, who obtained 6 Grade Ones and 1 Grade Two.
Eighteen year old Mohabeer is an aspiring artificial intelligence designer and so hopes to further his studies in the field of Computer Science.
Following close behind him in second place was Larissa Wiltshire, an aspiring dentist, also of Queen’s College, who obtained 6 Grade Ones.
Joash Gobin, Ashley Anthony and Shannon Woodroffe, all from Queen’s College as well were each able to acquire Grade One passes in six subjects as well.
The Bishops’ High School’s Carissa Kissoon was also able to obtain 6 Grade Ones.
Those who obtained 5 Grade Ones and over included the likes of Jonathan Gobin, Elisa Hamilton, Lisa John, Aliyah Rasheed, Vishnu Singh, and Abigail Somrah, of Queen’s College and Steffan Ageda, Nandani Ramdass and Malena Ramdeo of The Bishops’ High School. Vamadev Hiralall of Saraswati Vidya Niketa was also among the top scorers obtaining 5 Grade Ones and 3 Grade Threes.

Technical Vocational Education and Training- The Key To Regional And Global Competitiveness

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to UNESCO and the International Labour Organization, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) involves the study of technologies and related sciences; and the acquisition of practical skills, general education, attitudes and an understanding of occupations in various sectors of the economy.
With this in mind, it is clear that TVET plays a critical role in shaping human and national development. In fact, a country with skilled human capital is an economy that shows significant growth potential.
Over the years, Guyana has been paving the way for thousands of young people with comprehensive TVET programmes. In this regard, the Ministry of Education believes that the success of any developing country can be considered a key indicator of the country’s advancement in development.
Moreover, it can be argued that any country that evolved into a technologically advanced one must have witnessed the critical role of TVET education in equipping its work force with the requisite skills and training.
A survey by the technical arm of UNESCO—UNEVOC showed that worldwide, some 80% of all occupations require TVET certification. The Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies, (CANTA), also supports this. According to CANTA, the role and positioning of TVET as an economic activity (well integrated within the education system) must be imperative for CARICOM’s sustainable development and prosperity.
In Guyana, there are 10 public TVET Institutions within the Ministry of Education. These public Technical Institutions offer programmes in a wide range of areas including: Business Studies; Electrical Installation; Electrical Engineering; Arts and Craft; and Cosmetology. In addition to this, TVET programmes are also offered at the level of Secondary Schools through the Secondary Competency Certificate Programme (SCCP) as well as CXC.
The Ministry of Education intends to help students gain the skills they need to compete anywhere in the Caribbean and beyond. What is also important to note is the fact that TVET programmes are designed for everyone including those who may have a disability.
Over 1000 persons graduate annually from these TVET Institutions with skills ranging from entry level to supervisory level skills and have helped to maintain and encourage the growth of the Guyanese economy.
TVET graduates continue to make a valuable contribution to the socio-economic development. Chefs, Arts and craft specialists, engineers, lawyers, business tycoons, doctors, pharmacists, economists, bankers, ministers and officers of government, and many other professions have passed through the hands of the highly skilled staff of the TVET centres.

List of TVET Centres:
1. Carnegie School of Home Economics, Durban and High Streets-Georgetown (226-2441)
2. The Craft Production Division, Durban and High Streets-Georgetown (225-5728)
3. Government Technical Institute, Camp Road-Georgetown (226-2468/227-1197)
4. Guyana Industrial Training Centre, Woolford Avenue-Georgetown (226-6196-7)
5. Essequibo Technical Institute, Anna Regina-Region 2
6. Leonora Technical Institute, Leonora-Region 3
7. Linden Technical Institute-Region 10 (444-3333/6719)
8. New Amsterdam Technical Institute, Berbice-Region 6 (333-2562/2702)
9. Upper Corentyne Technical Institute-Berbice-Region 6 (339-2210)
10. Mahaicony Technical Institute, Mahaicony-Region 5 (221-2190/2198/2199)

National events slated for the Golden Jubilee celebrations

July 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


While private entities have been making their grand plans for Guyana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Government has carefully crafted a number of events that will last throughout the year in honour of this occasion. Here is a look at some of the spectacular events that encompass political appreciation, cultural diversification and the promotion of national unity.


National Trust – Architecture and Heritage Festival
(All Regions) May 15th-28th @10am – 3pm each day


Jubilee Literary Festival Continues – “Ottoman and We
(Upper Demerara – Region 10) May 20th


Yukuriba Republic Road

Jubilee Jam
(East Berbice-Corentyne, Region 6) May 20th New


Amsterdam Guyana Action Committee Gala (Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 21st Fusion of


Cultures/ North West

Awards Ceremony
May 21st Police Gymkhana (East Berbice-Corentyne,

Region 6)

“Tales of Our Fathers” Play (Upper Demerara-Berbice, Region 10) May 21st


LICHAS Independence Exposition
(Upper Demerara-Berbice, Region 10) May 21st


Miss Guyana World Pageant (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 22nd



Horse Racing Cup
(Mahaica  Berbice, Region 5) May 22nd


Dedication of Unity Park (Pomeroon-Supenaam, Region 2) May 22nd


Perth Village,

Essequibo Boat Cruise
(Upper Demerara – Region 10) May 22nd

Jubilee Literary Festival Continues
“Future Tense: Isika”

May 22nd


Schools Pan Explosion
(Inter-regional schools steel band competition

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 22nd

Merriman’s Mall National Symposium including Distinguished Lecture (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 23rd-24th


Arthur Chung Conference Centre The Digital Tent (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 23rd


Arthur Chung Conference Centre Legacy of Iconic Guyanese Women – Launch (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 23rd

 Arthur Chung Conference Centre National Creative Writing Competition
May 23rd at Giftland Mall


Short Play Writing Competition May 23rd at Giftland Mall


National Poetry Slam – On the theme of Independence May 23rd Giftland Mall


Steel Pan Symposium (workshop, demonstrations, exhibition), Youth Village (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 23rd – 24th National Park


Book Launch
– Guyana at 50

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 24th Arthur Chung Conference Centre



Book Launch
– Coee Table Publications
(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 24th Arthur Chung Conference Centre


The Legacy Of Female Icons

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 24th


Literary Prize Giving Ceremony (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 24th Arthur Chung Conference Centre



(Upper Demerara, Region 10) May 24th Regional Members Association Finals Linden Sports Club (CONCACAF)

Prepared Speech Competition on Independence

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 24th Carifesta Sports Complex


International Football Friendly (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 25th National Stadium

National Flag Raising Ceremony (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 25th Durban Park @ 9pm


Jubilee Float Parade (Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) Details to follow May 26th


GTT sponsored Mega Event (Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 26th National Stadium


Day of Sports
(Barima-Waini, Region 1) May 27th


Elite League Football Championship

(Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 27th National Stadium


50 Shades of Reggae May 27th Hj Water World


50th Anniversary Gala (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 28th Arthur Chung Conference Centre

T20 Cricket

(East Berbice-Corentyne, Region 6) May 28th Albion Sports Club



Independence Ball
(Barima-Waini, Region 1) May 28th Brooms Resort


Finals of the 10/10 Softball cricket Competition
(Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 28th National Stadium@10am


Banks DIH sponsored

Mega Concert
(Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 28th National Stadium @ 8pm


T20 Cricket

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 29th National Stadium


Culture Night
(Demerara-Mahaica, Region 4) May 29th Golden Grove


Youth Reception

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) May 31st Lawns of State House @7pm


Youth Parliament (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) June 3rd


Parliament Village Day Launch (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4)

June 4th – Cane Grove

June 11th – Victoria

June 18th – Chateau Margot

June 25th – Diamond

July 2nd – St. Cuthbert’s Mission


Youth Village

(Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) August 12th-13th National Park


Steel Band Music Festival and Award Ceremony (Demerara – Mahaica, Region 4) November 19th & 20th Cliff Anderson Sports Hall




Guyanese Journalists Cop UN Awards For Sterling Contributions…as UN Celebrates 70 years

December 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The perseverance, hard work and sterling contributions of several Guyanese journalists were highlighted recently when the local United Nations (UN) office held its inaugural media awards.
UN Guyana joined its counterparts in celebrating 70 years on Saturday October 24 2015. It was then that the media was honoured for the critical role it played in keeping developmental issues on top of the agenda. The body awarded local journalists, who despite facing many challenges, braved the odds and brought voice to the local people and light to issues plaguing the country.
During the black-tie event, which was held at the Georgetown Club, the work of the UN, its agencies, funds, and programmes, both in Guyana and nearly 200 countries abroad, came in for high praises.
In attendance was President David Granger and his wife, Sandra Granger, UN Resident Coordinator Khadija Musa, members of the diplomatic corps, members of parliament (MPs), the local media corps and private sector representatives, among other dignitaries.
During the evening of wine and fine dining, it was emphasized that time and time again the UN, like journalists, has been the source of high praise and bitter criticisms.

UN at 70
It was Musa who remarked that seven decades after its founding, the UN today remains the only platform in the world that brings together friends and foes on the world stage. The UN, she said, was created to save succeeding generations from war, to protect human rights, establish conditions of justice and to promote social progress and better standards of living.
“In 70 years, the United Nations has been the subject of much debate, praise and equal share of criticisms. As Dag Hammarskjöld, the great second Secretary-General, once said ‘The United Nations wasn’t created to take humanity to heaven but to save them from hell,’” Musa said.
The UN Guyana leader shared the view that global problems cannot be conquered by one nation but must rather be solved as a united unit since the collective approach presents the best forum to meet challenges.
The developmental objectives, she intimated, remains critical on the UN’s agenda. Specifically in Guyana, she said UN works towards a number of objectives, including nutrition security, protecting the rights of children, promoting dialogue, improving governance, education planning, promoting sexual and reproductive health, supporting essential health services, providing policy guidance and strategic support for the extractive industries.
The UN Resident Coordinator told those who gathered that ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice in addition to fixing climate change were top priority areas for the body.
“The UN never fails…the UN will always be there and the UN thanks its member states for the support it has received to date for 70 years,” Musa remarked. She reflected that the UN started with 50 countries and today it has almost quadrupled, having 193 countries in its charter.

Leaving a Mark
Similarly, President of the Guyana Press Association (GPA), Neil Marks in his remarks said that the press body was also celebrating 70 years. He said, like the UN, the local media fraternity has borne the brunt of stinging criticisms just as praise is also heaped upon them.
Marks added that the media, like the UN, has sought to keep the peace, though perhaps with less success and favour as the international body. The GPA President told the gathering the media has been subject to much hardships.
The challenges, he said, have been many in both the pre- and post-independence era. “Some of us have worked very hard over the years, putting our lives at risk in order to do the job that we do, while others have tried to strangle us,” he remarked.
Marks highlighted that the media has fought back in face of injustice and attempts to infringe on freedom of speech.
“There have been efforts to threaten us, to censor us but we have prevailed and we are still here today. It is little wonder that we continue to advocate that the press be kept separate from all forces,” belaboured the GPA President.
He said regardless of the way the media is perceived, it has played a vital role in keeping society together. “As journalists we do not work to get awards but when we do, it feels really good,” ended Marks.
His remarks were followed by Chief Judge, Dr. Paloma Mohamed. I
n the prelude to unveiling the awards, she said they were premised that the promotion of the development works of UN through the media is necessary in raising the public profile of the organisation. “As primary functionaries of information gathering, framing and dissemination, all media workers and journalists have a huge responsibility to analyse situations and to keep developmental concerns on the national agenda,” she stated.
The Chief Judge commented that the stories submitted were generally poignant and strong. Quoting the works of her fellow judge (Volderine Hackett), she said the pieces called attention to some social ills in far-flung places such as in ‘Welcome to Angoy’s Avenue’ or to pressing problems such as teenage pregnancy or the slow development of Lethem or the extent of palm mite problems in Guyana.
“Many stories were good, interesting, poignant and sensitively written. The ones that went off the beaten track and brought to the fore something different and somewhere forgotten seemed to carry significant potency,” Dr. Mohammed said.
“These stories were rather in-depth, they went beyond officialdom and had a variety of use. Yes, the voices of ordinary people matter and we heard them through these pieces,” she said, beaming.
Besides Dr. Mohamed, the judges were veteran journalist and founder of first online news agency Denis Chabrol, Deputy Programme Director of Communications at CARICOM Volderine Hackett along with University of Guyana Communications Studies Lecturer Terrence Esseboom.
Media workers were recognized for their coverage on several social issues/areas. These were HIV and AIDS, Human Rights, Food and Nutrition Security, Involvement of Youth and Women in Agriculture, Health, Child Protection, Youth and Adolescent Development and Participation, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Adolescents and Youth Development and Participation; the Environment as well as Poverty and Governance.

Media operatives were awarded as such:

  • Stabroek News Senior Reporter, Gaulbert Sutherland (Human Rights – Print)
  • Stabroek News Reporter, Roger Wong (Food and Nutrition Security – Print)
  • Guyana Chronicle Editor, Tajeram Mohabir (Involvement of Youth and Women in Agriculture – Print)
  • Guyana Chronicle Editor, Tajeram Mohabir (Health – Print)
  • Stabroek News Reporter, Sharda Bacchus (Child Protection – Print)
  • Kaieteur News Reporter, Desilon Daniels (Poverty and Governance – Print)
  • Stabroek News Reporter, Thandeka Percival (Food and Nutrition Security – Online)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Kaieteur News Reporter, Desilon Daniels (Sexual and Reproductive Health – Print)
  • Kaieteur News Reporter, Sharmain Grainger (HIV and AIDS – Print)
  • Kaieteur News Reporter, Nicholas Peters (Youth and Adolescent Development and Participation – Print)
  • Demerara Waves Reporter, Tamara Rodney (Health – Online)
  • Guyana Chronicle Reporter, Ravin Singh (The Environment)
  • Stabroek News Reporter, Zoisa Fraser (Poverty and Governance – Print)
  • Government Information Agency (GINA) Communications Director, Shivanie Rampersaud (Health – Online)

Sutherland was named United Nations Champion Journalist after judges found that he had made the most submissions of a consistently high quality. His newspaper also copped the award for being the media house with the most print entries while GINA was awarded for having done the same, albeit online.

Guyana’s Cecil Cox is the region’s top CAPE student

November 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

With a performance that has been called nothing but exceptional, Cecil Cox, an 18-year-old Queen’s College student, has once again etched his name into the record books for outstanding academic performance.
This year the QC boy has been adjudged the region’s top Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) performer. Cox is, in fact, no stranger to the academic ‘hall of fame’. When the 18-year-old sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CSEC) in 2013, he was named the region’s Best Science Student.
The 18-year-old is now the first Guyanese student to be awarded the Dennis Irvine Prize for most outstanding performance at CAPE. Cox’s recent performance has, in fact, been deemed outstanding by officials within the Ministry of Education. He secured seven passes.
His choice subject areas were: Communication Studies Unit 1, Applied Mathematics Unit 1, Chemistry Unit 2, Pure Mathematics Unit 2, Physics Unit 2, Digital Media Unit 2 and Computer Science Unit 2. He secured six Grade One passes and 1 Grade Three, respectively.
Cox, who was born on November 7, 1996, has always had his academic priorities in order. In fact, a year earlier he secured another seven passes at CAPE – Applied Mathematics Unit 1, Caribbean Studies Unit 1, Chemistry Unit 1, Computer Science Unit 1, Pure Mathematics Unit 1, Physics Unit 1 and Digital Media Unit 1.
The North East La Penitence resident already has his academic life all mapped out and has been making keen strides in this direction. He has plans on furthering his studies in Computer Science at a tertiary institution overseas.
Cox credits his already realized success to “all those who helped me.”
There has been no shortage of quality academic performances from local students and this has been evident each year when the results of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination are unveiled.
Among students who performed laudably at the 2015 CAPE are a number of Cox’s QC schoolmates including: Larissa Wiltshire (6 ones), Sasha Woodroffe (6 ones), Jonelle Europe (5 ones, 1 two), Elisa Hamilton (5 ones, 2 twos), Lisa John (5 ones, 1 two), Sharmila Ramlall (5 ones, 1 two), Rejean Sawh (5 ones, 2 twos, 1 three), Amanda Singh (5 ones), Nabeeha Ali (5 ones) and Phillipe Walker (5 ones, 2 twos and 2 threes).
Among the outstanding performers this year too is Shonta Noel of St Rose’s High. She claimed six grade one passes and one grade two in the subject areas of Caribbean Studies Unit 1, Tourism Unit 1, Accounting Unit 2, Law Unit 2, Management of Business Unit 2, Entrepreneurship Unit 2 and Economics Unit 2.

Phenomenal CSEC results
The results of 2015 CSEC examination was no less laudable. In fact, some might call it rather phenomenal with the top national performer Victoria Najab securing 20 grade one passes. The student of the Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) Hindu School was able to accomplish a feat that has arguably never occurred before.
Born on June 11, 1998 Najab is no stranger to outstanding performances. She was named the third best performer in Guyana when the results of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) were unveiled in 2010.
When Guyana Inc. Magazine enquired of the top 2015 CSEC performer what motivated her to write 20 subjects, she simply quipped “I wanted to be well versed in both the business and science fields.”
Among the top CSEC performers were: Vamanandev Hiralall (19 ones, 1 two) also of the SVN School, Aliyah Rasheed (19 ones) of the Anna Regina Secondary School, Joshanna Hopkinson (18 ones) of QC, Ashley Anthony (17 ones) also of QC, Jagindra Persaud (16 ones, 2 twos) of Anna Regina Secondary, Paige Carter (14 ones, 5 twos) of QC, Kadesh Daniels (14 ones, 3 twos) of QC, Shawn Shewram (14 ones, 2 twos) of St Rose’s High, Michael Jagnanan (14 ones, 1 two) of QC, Mohanie Sudama (14 ones, 1 two) of the SVN School and Shannon Woodroffe (14 Ones) yet another student of QC.

New Amsterdam Heritage Trail: About The Publication

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T he National Trust of Guyana, the state agency with responsibility for the preservation and promotion of the nation’s monuments, has produced another new heritage publication titled, “New Amsterdam Heritage Trail.”
This publication aims to inform visitors, tourists, researchers and the general public about the history and development of New Amsterdam and the various heritage sites, both past and present, that have helped to shape the townscape.
It consists of historical descriptions of many sites, with accompanying images as well as a guide map which is laid out in a trail-like format offering an easy route for anyone wishing to tour the country’s oldest town.
The pocket booklet is easy for users to carry while they explore and it offers space for personal notes and observations. Being a new design, it is a very important and outstanding piece of heritage and tourism resource.
In addition, the pocket booklets are expected to revive and spark an interest in safeguarding and promoting heritage sites and historic properties. Through featuring past sites like the old New Amsterdam Hospital, it is hoped that focus will be given to the important concept of adaptive reuse as a medium through which we can breathe new life into our historic buildings. It emphasizes the importance of preserving them as part of our legacy and tangible heritage which can proudly be passed on to future generations.
The Trust printed 2000 copies of this booklet.
Our heritage is an irreplaceable and inspirational source of our lives. Thus, what we do not protect and preserve, we will lose.
Like all new publications, it is subject to criticisms and the Trust, which falls under the auspices of the former Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Frank Anthony, appreciates feedback. We acknowledge there is always room for improvement and editorial corrections but these should not diminish the aims and objectives of this new and original publication.
It is our hope that this publication will be widely accessed, read and cherished by local and international visitors and all Guyanese, especially the residents of New Amsterdam and Berbice.
This publication was officially launched on April 28, 2015 at the Office of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region 6. This timely and necessary publication aims at strengthening the heritage sector while raising awareness about our unique heritage among the people of Guyana.

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