Five Computer Learning Centers were set up on Friday in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) at Auchlyne Primary School, No. 36 Primary School, No. 59 Primary School, Massiah Primary School and New Market Primary School No. 63..
This was made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Shivpersaud, Kowsilla Suraj and Rudy Suraj of Florida, USA and formerly of Bloomfield, Corentyne. The Guyanese from abroad made their donation through the Shri Devi Mandir Global Humanitarian Organization led by Pandit Tillack Shivrattan.
Announcing the Learning Centers were open on Friday, Education Minister Priya Manickchand said the gesture was timely and noted that many people had been coming together to help people who needed it during the COVID pandemic.
She expressed her satisfaction that the family from abroad and the Global Humanitarian Organization have chosen to contribute in a structured way to respond to current needs in the education sector and the needs of the communities in which the schools are located.
Minister Manickchand explained that schools will reopen at some point but this may not be done in the way that we are familiar with. He said these learning centers and similar resources will become necessary so that students at home can continue to engage with what is being taught in the classroom.
“Five laptops in schools like these mean a lot. It allows the Education Department to build on that and allow the school to become a technology-aided school that we want to nurture, ”the Education Minister noted.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic has learned many lessons and that its government will not throw arms or be amazed when faced with a sector-shaking situation. He said the Ministry of Education is happy to partner with the Institute to provide school students with new learning resources in the form of computers and projectors to enhance their learning experience.
Pandit Shivrattan said he was delighted to equip the schools with the equipment and added that the Institute’s contributors must be thanked for making this a reality. Regional Chairman Mr Permaul Armogan said he was happy and happy to have the program up and running. He pledged to continue to work to make the schools not only better off but the people of Guyana better off.