Education Month signature event postponed until 2019

first_img…Ministry says planning team was “busy” with strikeA signature event to celebrate this year’s Education Month, which is observed in September, has been called off, since the planning officers were “busy” addressing the teachers’ salary woes.This was explained to Guyana Times on Thursday by one of the Ministry’s Public Relations Officers, Murtland Haley.According to Haley, the planning officers were engaged with the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and were unable to make the necessary plans for the exposition, which was dubbed the signature event.Haley explained that the expo was supposed to be hosted at D’Urban Park from September 14-16, and was being held with the intent of providing an opportunity for patrons to get a better understanding of how the Education Ministry functions. He said persons would have been able to enter the expo and make queries amongEducation Minister Nicolette Henryother things.Additionally, the Expo would have seen the participation of international partners such as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).The organisations would have had the opportunity to highlight the work they have been doing in Guyana, as well as actively engage those visiting the event. The idea of the exposition is to “touch every Guyanese and make them aware of what is happening in education,” Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson said during a recent interview. He noted that the inter-agency participation is necessary since education is not about a person but rather it about everyone.The expo was eliminated from the list of activities to celebrate this year’s Education Month, which is being held under the theme “Education for A Good Life Through Innovation and STEAMS” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Spirituality).Nonetheless, the first Education Month activity is slated for tomorrow in Region One (Barima-Waini), where hinterland children will engage in a Career Guidance, Science and Mathematics Fair at the Regional Education Office in Mabaruma.A number of other activities are also scheduled to commemorate the month, which includes a career extravaganza, educational fairs and steel pan school performances among others, across the country.last_img

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