Youths to benefit from Pan Minors Music Programme

– Corporate entities urged to “take a lead from the bank”, be more involved in the development of youth – Min. Norton

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Youths with an enthusiasm for music will benefit from the Republic Bank Limited’s (RBL) Pan Minors Music Literacy Programme.

The young people will be given the opportunity to develop their musical skills in playing steel pans. They will be introduced to technique and fundamental elements of music.

During a simple ceremony held at the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Republic Bank Limited’s (Guyana) Marketing and Communications Manager, Michelle Johnson handed over a cheque to Social Cohesion Minister, Dr. George Norton. This initiative is in its ninth year and has benefitted a total of 1,345 youths over that period.

Students from Diamond Secondary School participating in RBL’s Pan-O-Rama 2018 earlier this year

Johnson reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to being a part of the country’s “cultural development.” She expressed satisfaction at the “discipline and focus” shown by the youths who participated in the programme noting that it is “amazing and heartwarming to hear the sense of confidence,” when they perform.

Andrew Tyndall, Director of the National School of Music, thanked Republic Bank (Guyana) for their continuous support towards youth development across the nation.

Tyndall said that since the initiative was undertaken, there has been a visible transformation in steelpan competitions noting that more youths are now actively involved in organising and orchestrating the events. He also highlighted that through this programme, he has seen participants excel academically.

Minister Norton commended the Republic Bank Limited for their efforts in developing the Arts in Guyana. The minister stated that it is not just the youths who benefit from this programmes, but it is the entire country as it fosters cultural development.

The Social Cohesion Minister called on other corporate entities “to take a lead from the bank,” and become more involved in the development of youths.

This year, 120 students are expected to partake in the programme. These students come from Dolphin Secondary School, Mahaicony Secondary School, Bladenhall Secondary School and the Bishop’s High School. This programme began on Monday, July 16, and will continue for the next three weeks.

By: Anara Khan