About four hundred students yesterday graduated from the Carnegie School of Home Economics’ evening programme.
The skills taught at the institution are geared at enhancing the quality of life of the students while teaching them a home improvement and marketable skill. The programme has seen a wide cross-section of persons attending including working men and women, University of Guyana students, teenage mothers, single parents, and unemployed persons.
According to the school’s Principal, Penelope Harris, “the aim of the evening programme is to increase the skills of…persons in the community so that they can have a better quality of life so that they can earn more and they can have enhanced family life”.
Harris added that the graduates would have spent over 20 hours gaining skills in various marketable areas.
“The participants of the programme have spent ten days each, gaining skills in various areas including cookery, cakes, and pastries, cake decoration, dressmaking, tailoring, crochet and macramé, floral arrangements among others,” she explained.
At yesterday’s graduation exercise, each student showcased a creation based on what they learnt during the programme.
Sven Wills, who studied Elementary Cakes and Pastries, told the Department of Public Information (DPI) “pastry and cake making is one of the things that’ll make me a better chef in the future, and that is one of the things that is important to me. I have benefited in that way from this class”.
Devonna Sobers, a sponsored student spoke to DPI about her experience at the institution. “I’ve always liked cooking…this class has been more than cooking for me, I’ve learnt a lot, I’ve met new people and the teacher knows what she’s doing. I think I’m going to apply for another course right here.”
Sobers’s participation along with several other persons from depressed and underprivileged communities was sponsored through a collaborative effort between the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of Social Security.
Registration opens on Monday, March 26, for persons interested in enrolling in the next evening programme.