Region Three Nursery Schools kick-off Mashramani

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Department of Education in Region Three has started activities celebrating Mashramani 2019 under the theme, “Celebrate 49 with Victory in Mind – Rediscovering El-Dorado”.

Nursery schools from across Essequibo Islands-West Demerara region assembled at the National Synthetic Track and Field Centre on Monday.

Coordinator of the Regional Nursery Children’s Mashramani Competition, District Education Officer Caroline Daniels noted that the competitions are a part of the school curriculum and provide the children with necessary exposure that can guarantee a well-rounded child.

“These competitions and activities …are an avenue to expose our children and boost their self-confidence. It ensures participation of parents and guardians. It promotes competitiveness and social cohesion from a tender age. It builds creativity and guarantees well-rounded children. The benefits are tremendous in the education sector and improve every year.”

Addressing a packed audience was Regional Executive Officer Jennifer Ferreira Dougall who underscored the importance of having cultural presentations of this nature: “We as adults must nurture our future generation the correct way, and engaging them in activities such as these will guarantee their success as they get older. Activities like these help us to find hidden talents in our country and then we can develop the talents and ensure our youths contribute meaningfully to our country. It all starts from here and that is why the Regional Administration will always support activities of this nature.”

In the Calypso song category first place went to little Christen Roberts from Belle West Nursery. His song was entitled, “Eat Right, Stay Bright fuh Mash Tonight”. For Dramatic Poetry, J’Kaylee Duke from Bagotville Nursery took first while Ariela Wilkinson from Leonora Nursery and Kienna Hazel from Parafaite Harmonie Nursery won second and third respectively.

The dance category was divided into sub-categories including Ring Dance, Fantasy Dance and Religious Dance. Anna Catherina Nursery, Tuschen Nursery and Parfaite Harmonie Nursery ran away with the first, second and third prizes respectively in the Ring Dance category while for the Religious Dance the first, second and third went to Goed Fortuin Nursery, Bagotville Nursery and Philadelphia Nursery respectively.

January 23 will see the Primary Schools competing at the same venue while the following day will see the Secondary School students competing. The winners of these competitions will represent the region at the National Children’s Mashramani Competition 2019.

Story and Images: Ganesh Mahipaul.

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