It is the duty of the ministry to “nurture the natural talents of our students from nursery all the way through our educational system”.
This was the view of Assistant Chief Education Officer (ag) with the responsibility for nursery schools, Samantha Williams. She was at the time delivering the feature address at the commissioning of the Diamond No. 2 Nursery School on the East Bank of Demerara.
Williams said, “Guyana’s 21st-century children, deserve to be taught in the 21st environments throughout their academic career”. She noted that introducing “languages, computer technology, coding and agriculture at an early age helps cognitive learning” which will help spark a lifelong interest in industrious careers “either be environmental troubleshooters or technology masterminds.”
According to Williams, this must begin at the nursery level. “We cannot leave the next generation behind. We must have long-term goals and strategies that place our children at the frontline to take advantage of all the challenges that the modern world presents.”
She further expressed confidence that “once our children have the best possible start” they will be enabled with the skills necessary to take Guyana forward.
Regional Chairman of Region Four, Genevieve Allen, during brief remarks also expressed her opinion that all students have the potential to achieve success once they are equipped with the necessary materials and guidance at all levels.
The Department of Education is also focused on developing the skills of students with special needs. It hosts Special Education Needs workshops for teachers to equip them with the skills necessary to aid and guide those with special needs placed in their care.
Last month, the Ministry of Education disclosed that it is engaging in consultations to upgrade the language curriculum at the University of Guyana (UG). They also wrapped up a successful consultation regarding the revision of the local school curriculum.