New Amsterdam Primary gets breakfast programme
– 5B’s initiative to kick off Sept. 2
DPI, Guyana, Sunday, September 1, 2019
With one day left until the new academic year begins, parents, students and teachers alike are looking forward to the introduction of a breakfast programme at the New Amsterdam Primary School.
Beginning tomorrow, scores of children from the school will for the first time, benefit from free hot meals to begin their day. This forms part of His Excellency, President David Granger’s 5B’s initiative which is designed to ensure children have every tool necessary for optimum school attendance.
Making the announcement was Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Nicolette Henry who underscored the government’s commitment to ensuring every child is in school and equipped to learn.
“This effort here though it might appear simple, it is important because we want to put the children at the centre of what we do,” Minister Henry explained.
In engaging parents in Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, Minister Henry said that all the resources poured into the programme will also increase student performance as seen with the recent historical 73% pass rate at the CSEC examinations, the highest in the Caribbean.
“As parents, I’m asking you to ensure that your children are prepared for school and that you give your children the support that is needed so that they can go to school, they can perform and they can excel,” she added.
Children Nationwide continue to benefit from a host of programmes through the 5B’s initiative which provides buses, boats, bicycles, books and breakfast free of cost. President Granger believes that ensuring quality, equitable and free education for all will develop all sectors in Guyana.
The programme comes at the start of Education Month 2019, appropriately themed “Education: Key to National Development”.