Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:10

Directors of Youth and Sports hold outreach in Linden

─ several sporting facilities to be upgraded in Region 10 for 2019

─ Youth Department widening reach in Region 10

In a meeting held in Linden on Tuesday, Director of Youth Melissa Carmichael-Haynes and Director of Sports Christopher Jones brought positive word to youths and members of the sporting fraternity, projects planned for Linden and the entire Region 10 for 2019.

The meeting was also geared to hear the concerns of these stakeholders so that solutions could be crafted.

Present, were representatives of the Regional Democratic Council, youth groups, boxing, football, basketball, athletic and swimming federations amongst others.

In response to Regional Councillor Antonio Hackett’s request for more emphasis to be placed in the outlying areas, Youth Director Carmichael-Haynes related that 2019 plans include these communities, that are not deemed central. She said her deputy has already been tasked with visiting three of these far-flung communities, which will in the near future benefit from skills training based on their request.

“We are extending our programme, to ensure our spread is beyond Mackenzie and central,” Carmichael-Haynes 20190215 1

She disclosed that the Department of Youth is currently awaiting the Public Service Commission’s appointment of a youth officer in the region. Carmichael-Haynes said that while budgeted funds have to be utilised for all the regions, Region 10 will indeed benefit in 2019, with about three skills programmes being rolled out.

In the area of sports, there were several calls for upgraded community sporting facilities and Director Jones reported that several grounds are slated for repairs in his 2019 works programme.

“Amelia’s Ward basketball court, Retrieve basketball court, recognizing Region 10 is not Linden, Kwakwani basketball court is also on the list, Kimbia, Ituni and Blueberry Hill,” he said. The Silver City Community Centre is also expected to benefit from enhancement.

Coaches and athletes called for more government sponsorship and support, especially for football and basketball, and Jones made commitments to ensure this is facilitated. Renowned Basketball Coach Abdulla Hamid advocated for the return of the ‘teach the young programme’ which provided employment for scores of Lindeners, who provided training in the various sports disciplines to students in schools in the region.

All the coaches present agreed that sport is a tool that can be utilised to engage young people meaningfully and noted that Region 10 is providing results in this regard. This was reiterated by Jones, who said Region 10 has performed well in all disciplines hence the construction of the synthetic track, which will commence soon in the region.

He said the administration will continue to provide the needed support. “This administration has your interest at heart, it is a young administration, if we are to speak truthfully and look at the development that was done thus far, we will agree, that a significant amount has been done, in a short space of time,” Jones posited.


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