Region Three launches Education Month 2018

DPI, Guyana, Monday, September 3, 2018

In a combined effort the Department of Education, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara, Region Three launched Education Month 2018, whilst also honouring senior citizens for their contribution to the education sector.

The launch was held this morning, on the lawns of the education compound in Region Three. The month of activities will be hosted under the theme, “Education for A Good Life Through Innovation and STEAMS” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Spirituality).

The activity also saw Regional Education Officer, REdO Annesta Douglas, Senior Guidance and Counselling Officer, Priscilla Gonsalves, several Education Officers, volunteers and public-spirited citizens delivering breakfast to over 200 senior citizens at the Vreed-en-Hoop Post Office, West Bank Demrara.

Douglas, in her remarks, said “Senior Citizens have made their contributions to education in our Region and by extension the country and regardless of whether it was direct or indirect, their contributions have us where we are today and for that, we must be grateful. Today, we are extremely happy to recognise their input.”

The elderly citizens were appreciative of the tribute paid to them.  Dalrymple, a senior citizen, said “I am happy to be considered today. You all have made my day and I am very happy.”

A series of activities will continue during this month which includes face-the-community meetings on September 4, 7, 11 and 24 at Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School, Zeelugt Primary School, Essequibo Islands Secondary School and Patentia Secondary School respectively. All the sessions will begin at 13:00hrs.  Friday, September 7, has been designated Regional Literacy Day and the Regional Literacy Coordinator Rekha Singh will be organising an activity “Reading for Patients” at the West Demerara Regional Hospital beginning at 09:00hrs.

Additionally, the Regional Spelling Bee Competition will be held on September 17, at a venue to be announced. A Special Education Needs Fair is planned for September 26, 2018, at the West Demerara Secondary School at 09:00hrs.

The celebration’s penultimate activity will be a Teacher’s Impromptu Dialogue Competition on October 4, at the Department of Education commencing at 09:30hrs. The month’s activities will conclude on October 5, World Teachers Day with a ceremony to honour all teachers.

Story and Images: Ganesh Mahipaul