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By Desilon Daniels“Education is not for rich people. We have an education system that will allow all children, regardless of their circumstances, to reach to the highest level of society and education is the mean of reaching that highest level of society.”With hundreds of students gathered before him, President David Granger emphasised the need for young people to seize educational opportunities, regardless of their current station.Hundreds of students turned out at the National Park yesterday for the rally.It is only then that the youths of Guyana could firmly live up to their potential to positively transform the nation, the Head of State said. He added that all children must be presented with equal educational opportunities.President Granger made the remarks during his main discourse at the Education Month rally held yesterday at the National Park, Thomas Lands. The event saw hundreds turning out and filling the stands. There were students from all levels and trainee teachers from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE).Granger expressed pleasure at attending the event and at being among “young people”. He emphasised that the youths are indeed the future of the country and the nation cannot do without the young. He also highlighted the important role youths will have to play when the time comes.“You will have to take this country over; we [adults] cannot take this country where we’re going. You have to take this country over and lead it into the future… We must remember that the youths are the most important citizens of this country,” Granger said.He added that the importance of youth has long been recognised and that is why the government spends billions of dollars each year to invest in the education system.Granger further said that education was a necessary element if Guyana is to undergo much needed development.“We are here today because education is that gateway to the good life. We’re here today because education is the mother of good jobs, the mother of empowerment, and the mother of enterprise,” Granger said.“Whatever you want to do – to become a businessman, become a professor, become a teacher, become a soldier – the way to get there is through the doors of schools and colleges and universities.”According to President Granger, the best resources of the nation must be made available to the youth of Guyana. He said, too, that the youths in turn must recognise the great responsibility they hold and just how beautiful and precious a country Guyana is.“I want you to understand what a great country you live in…You have to be prepared to take possession of this land,” Granger stressed.He noted, however,Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys, that the nation faces challenges. Among the issues, he said, are high failure rates at the Secondary School Entrance Examination (SSEE), high dropout rates at the secondary level, poor matriculation rates, and migration of successful students. He stressed that these areas must quickly be rectified.President Granger said that when it comes to learning, the youths and the nation as a whole must learn to respect each and every person.“One of the most important rules we must learn is respect for each other; we are a multicultural and multiethnic country and we must learn respect for others and respect for ourselves. That’s where the education starts…it starts at home, at the mandir, at the church,China Soccer Jerseys, at the masjid. It starts at learning to respect one another,” Granger said. He went on, “We may look different but what matters is not the colour of our skin or what’s on top of our heads but what’s inside of our heads and where we are going in this country.”Granger stressed that every single Guyanese child must find a place in school, regardless of where the school is or the child’s situation. He emphasised that primary education is compulsory and parents must take this seriously, regardless of their own personal circumstances. In regards to secondary and tertiary education, the Head of State said that youths must take up their opportunities to secure their futures.“Too often we hear that children in some riverine areas or some squatter areas are not getting to go to school,” Granger said before adding, “But together we all can help them…we have to try to get every child into school.”“Education is not for rich people. We have an education system that will allow all children, regardless of their circumstances, to reach to the highest level of society and education is the mean of reaching that highest level of society.”He therefore urged all children at all levels to grasp the opportunities presented to them and, if they do indeed take up these opportunities, to see their decisions through.“I don’t want you to drop out in primary or secondary school. Every year over 4,000 Guyanese children drop out of school. Many of them end up not being able to read and write properly…so you must not give up midway with your education…you must take up the opportunities provided,” he stressed.The President’s remarks were well received by those in attendance, who cheered wildly when favourable points were made. In particular, teacher trainees from the CPCE were particularly vocal and energetically waved flags throughout Granger’s speech.Education for all“All of you gathered here today are part of a system,Wholesale Jerseys, the core purpose of which is to plant a tree to benefit the next generation; that tree is education,” Minister of Education Rupert Roopnaraine said in his remarks. “We have a responsibility to ensure that it grows and blossoms within each and every child.”In his address, the Education Minister stressed that education must be for all and therefore, he said, the education system must focus more on inclusivity. He made special mention of children with special education needs and emphasised that all children must be catered for, regardless of their situations and challenges.“The aim of our education system must be to serve each and every single child in Guyana,Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China, particularly those faced with severe personal challenges in learning,” Roopnaraine said.He continued, “We acknowledge that sometimes those we consider the least among us, by virtue of their courage and the sheer intensity of their personal struggle, are in fact the greatest among us and as a society we owe them the best opportunity we can create.”He said too that special needs education remains the most significant indicator of overall education development simply because of its inherent challenges.However, he said, when Guyana can confidently proclaim that it has created a system whereby special education needs are satisfied, then the likelihood will be that the rest of the education system would have been improved to a satisfactory level.The Education Minister further said that the education system must be used to cultivate respect for culture and reverence for the environment in children. These qualities, he said, are fundamental to the citizenry’s “survival as a people”.Speaking on the fostering respect,NFL Jerseys China, Roopnaraine said, “No human society can sustainably exist – much less thrive – with one culture or ethnic group creating and maintaining dominance over another,” he said.He stressed that cultural diversity, which in Guyana’s history has created divisions, should instead be used to bond people together. He opined that the education system was the perfect launching pad for this unification and respect for culture.He went on to reiterate his cry for national reconciliation through the youths of Guyana.“I challenge our young people to be the foremost crusaders for unity and reconciliation in our country,” he said.The education rally saw wide participation from all levels and even education related bodies such as the National Library and the Carnegie School of Education. Those gathered were also privy to a mini concert feature steel pan renditions and dances. Though many of those in attendance had been a part of the rally,Cheap Jerseys, which saw them walking through the streets of Georgetown, there were no signs of exhaustion.Instead, they all jumped and waved in abandon, clearly enjoying the day out with friends.The rally came on the tail-end of Education Month, which ran from September 1 to October 5.This year, Education Month was celebrated under the theme “Quality Education Leadership: Improving Schools from Within”.
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