Education Ministry, Banks DIH collaborate again to host Children’s Mash

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Banks DIH has once again collaborated with the Ministry of Education (MoE) for the upcoming 2018 Children’s Mashramani Costume and Float Parade.

The company sponsored the event in excess of $2M in products which includes food and beverages.  This year’s funding has seen a 100 percent increase compared to the previous year.

(from left) Lorraine Barker-King, Acting Administrator for the Unit of Allied Arts, Troy Peters, Public Relations Officer of Banks DIH, Clayton McKenzie, Brand Manager-Non-Alcoholic Malts Banks DIH and Mondale Smith, Ministry of Education, PRO.

Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson praised the company for its dedication and support to its children’s Mashramani activities over the years. He explained the ministry is keen on molding rounded persons and the activities allow for this to happen.

“The children’s Mashramani activity is just another avenue that gives us the opportunity to build rounded children. Some of our children are given the opportunity to showcase their talents in dance, in costume, in drama and calypso…” Hutson said.

The CEO noted every year the Mashramanai activities also allows for the children and families to cultivate the spirit of unity.

Public Relations Officer of Banks DIH, Troy Peters said the company is pleased to partner with the Education Ministry and pledges its continued support in the future.

“Being a part of this year’s children costume parade is a plus for us as we seek to promote cultural activities among the nation’s children,” said Peters.

Acting Administrator for the Unit of Allied Arts, Lorraine Barker-King also commended Banks DIH for its sponsorship. She explained the children’s costume and float parade is one of the high points for the children activities and therefore encourages parents and families at large to take part in the celebration.

Marcel Hutson, Ministry of Education, CEO.

Barker-King assured this year’s parade activity will see a number of differences, especially since it will see the Buxton Steel Pan group leading the other bands. She also noted several organisations along with Education Ministry have assisted several schools through sponsorship for the creation of costumes.

On February 17, 2018, over 2,000 children from the Nursery, Primary and Secondary levels, among several organisations are expected to grace the streets of Georgetown in their costumes.

The children’s band will leave from Parade Ground at 10:00hrs heading East into Middle Street, North into Camp Street, East into Lamaha Street, North into Albert Street and culminate at the National Park.

Additionally, some 4,000 students countrywide will be competing at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) on February 15 and 16 in various categories. These include dances, dramatic poetry, and calypso to name a few.

This year’s Children’s Mashramani Costume and Float Parade is being celebrated under the theme: “Let’s co-operate and celebrate Republic 48.”


By: Crystal Stoll


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