Today, 11 secondary school students were awarded US$1000 among other prizes for being judged winners of the Guyana – China Youth Leadership Development Competition.
The Ministry of Education was invited by the People’s Republic of China to participate in an annual competition for youth leadership development among secondary schools in the 11 Education Districts. In March of this year, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Honourable Minister of Education to solidify the cooperation programme.
Following a rigorous programme, 11 students, from the 11 Education Districts received their prizes today. The winners are:
Rahul Chu – Region One – North West Secondary School
Nanda Persaud – Region Two – Abram Zuil Secondary School
Attoya Harvey – Region Three - Uitvlugt Secondary School
Allister Henry – Region Four - President’s College
Ryah Rhoomes – Region Five – Rosignol Secondary School
Malachi Alexander – Region Six – Berbice Educational Institute
Odelliea Benjamin – Region Seven – Bartica Secondary School
Pearson Marcello – Region Eight – Paramakatoi Secondary School
Allan Fernandes – Region Nine – Aishalton Secondary School
Lemuel Browne – Region Ten – Linden Foundation Secondary
Xaria Holder – Georgetown - Queen’s College
A total of 115 students from the 11 Districts had applied to participate in the competition. Seventy students were shortlisted for the award and forty-four students eventually completed the event from which the 11 winners were selected.
The participating students were required to conduct a community survey to ascertain the needs of their community after which they were required to capture the survey in an essay to outline their project, stating how it would be done and how it will benefit their community. Following the judging of these essays, approval was given for the projects to be completed.
The students were also required to engage in the critiquing of an artwork relative to their project, engage in a physical fitness challenge and also prepare an oral or written report to reflect their experience in participating in the various aspects of the competition.
The Honourable Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Guyana Guo Haiyan, Chief Education Officer, Dr. Marcel Hutson, Director of the Guyana Online Academy of Learning Dr. Jacob Opadeyi and Administrator of the Unit of Allied Arts, Ms. Lorraine Barker-King were present at the Awards Ceremony held at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) to congratulate the winners.
The students were urged to continue along the path they are on and to return to their communities with a view of ultimately transforming Guyana.