East Berbice-Corentyne hosts Heritage Exhibition

DPI, GUYANA, Thursday, March 1, 2018

“Embracing our history, showcasing our cultural diversity” was the theme for the Heritage Exhibition hosted on Wednesday at the East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) Town Council Office.

A Berbice High School student explaining their booth [Guyanese books, art, and jewelry] to Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Youth, Culture, and Sport, Dr. George Norton.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Youth, Culture, and Sport, Dr. George Norton, addressing the gathering, told students that “this must not be the first and last of such an exhibition, for it gives them a chance to be properly informed and appreciate the country’s rich diverse culture.”

The minister also announced that it has been decided by the administration that the upcoming Independence celebrations will be “conducted at the level of schools and youths will play a vital part”.

The Ministry of Presidency’s, Department of Social Cohesion collaborated with the New Amsterdam Social Cohesion Ambassadors Group to host the one-day exhibition where a total of seven (7) schools in the region participated.

Regional Health Officer, Jevon Stephens commended the ministry for work done thus far, and more so, the New Amsterdam Social Cohesion Ambassadors Group for taking up the initiative. “It’s not easy to bridge the gaps in Guyana but we have moved leaps and bounds so far. These initiatives ensure that youths understand and play a role in developing their communities”, Stephens explained.

Meanwhile, Regional Executive Officer, Kim Williams-Stephens urged that youths have “pride and dignity as a Guyanese person”.

There were booths on Guyana’s post and pre-independence, different cultural aspects, infrastructure, and presidents over the years.

This is the first such activity in East Berbice-Corentyne district. The New Amsterdam Social Cohesion Ambassadors Group plans to have several such activities throughout the year.

Stamps of the past.

The gathering at the one day Heritage Exhibition.

 

The Umana Yana is a conical palm-thatched hut (benab) made years ago.

 

By: Zanneel Williams

 

MINISTER NORTON VISIT; REGION 6  – https://www.flickr.com/photos/142936155@N03/albums/72157664234224427

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