Creative learning methods showcased at 40th year of Nursery Education exhibition

GINA, GUYANA, Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Ministry of Education, in celebration of the 40th year of Nursery Education in Guyana continued activities today, with an exhibition of teaching and learning materials.

The exhibition at the Liana Nursery School, Vlissengen Road, East La Penitence, Georgetown, which is also part of the Education Month observances, has a two-fold purpose, Early Childhood Nursery, Specialist, Dana Whaite said.

Children and teachers examining the corner displaying the indigenous culture at the exhibition to mark 40 years of development in Early Childhood/Nursery Education in Guyana

Children and teachers examining the corner displaying the indigenous culture at the exhibition to mark 40 years of development in Early Childhood/Nursery Education in Guyana

The exhibition is  “not only to showcase what we (the Ministry of Education) have in our nursery schools, but also to show our teachers, across the country, some of the things (teaching aids) that they can make in their classrooms to enhance their teaching and the learning experience of our children,” Whaite explained to the media at the exhibition.

“So you are going to see materials that teachers can look at, get ideas from and maybe replicate same or tweak it to suit their particular area,” Whaite added.

The exhibition which saw attendance from nursery teachers across the country was put together by the Education Ministry’s nursery field officers. “These are nursery teachers and head teachers who are responsible for ensuring that the instructional time is well delivered, as well as ensuring that teachers have the support they need during the day,” the Early Childhood Nursery, Specialist, further explained.

Children and teachers browse the teaching/learning materials on display at the Liana Nursery School

Children and teachers browse the teaching/learning materials on display at the Liana Nursery School

These field officers work to ensure that the nursery teachers’ “lesson plans are well written, that their classrooms are child friendly, and that the children get quality education.”

The exhibition featured a literacy and a numeracy section  which showcased a wide variety of books and materials that can used as part of the Ministry’s focus of enhancing literacy and numeracy.

A section was also dedicated to play, in recognition of the importance of this aspect in early childhood development.

Early Childhood Nursery, Specialist, Dana Whaite speaking with the media at the exhibition

Early Childhood Nursery, Specialist, Dana Whaite speaking with the media at the exhibition

Other aspects of the exhibition included a puppetry theatre, a birthday corner, and a corner showcasing parts of the home. Focus was also on indigenous culture in honour of Indigenous Heritage Month being observed this month.

The Ministry is marking 40 years of development in Early Childhood/Nursery Education in Guyana under the theme “Investing in Quality Nursery Education for Successful lifelong Learning”.

The week-long celebration which commenced with a ceremonial launch at the Roxanne Burnham Nursery School, on Tuesday  include the launch of the ‘Read, Play, Love’, Early Childhood Education Campaign, this evening, a parents, teachers, children and friends in concert on Thursday, September 15, at the Police Officers Mess, Eve Leary, a rally on Friday, September 16, at 8:30hrs from Stabroek Square to D’urban Park (Vlissengen Road, Mandela Avenue) and an award ceremony at the Pegasus Hotel for  Nursery Educators with over 35 years of service.

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