Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 21:27

The 53rd National Schools Athletics, Cycling and Swimming Championships, 2013 opened at the Guyana National Stadium

The Ministry of Education (MOE) along with the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) in collaboration with Digicel held the opening ceremony for the 53rd National Schools Athletics, Cycling and Swimming Championships at the Guyana National Stadium, today. This spectacularly colorful event led by a very spirited march past, was attended by Acting President, Honorable Prime Minster, Mr. Samuel Hinds, the Honorable Minister of Education, Ms. Priya Manickchand, Chief Education Officer Mr. Olato Sam along with a number of other senior officers and staff from the MOE, GTU, senior managers for the other corporate sponsors, and interested members of the public.

Delivering brief remarks was the Honorable Minister of Education Ms. Priya Manickchand, who expressed her delightful pleasure for being able to be part of the opening proceedings of this most prestigious national sporting affair within the Ministry. She pointed out that even though the Ministry is continuously working assiduously to ensure it provides the highest quality education possible to the children of Guyana, it is also placing great emphasis on extracurricular activities, particularly sport which she believes plays a significant role in establishing well-rounded students.

“We are at a beautiful stage in the history of our country where - having ironed out many of the problems we had in delivering an academic curriculum, although we still work hard every day with that which we deliver - we are at a place where we can pay far more attention now to extracurricular activities that can bring out the best in our students,” the Minister said.

The Minister urged the participating students gathered to ensure they give of their best competitively at this championship and to use the opportunity to move on to greater competitions and dominate. She alluded to the fact that Guyanese students have established themselves as leaders academically at the CSEC level after repeatedly topping that level and particularly winning five of the eight top regional prizes this year.

“We have seen repeatedly how Guyana has excelled academically, topping the Caribbean at CXC over the past decade and we have the ability, we have the talent to top in every single sphere in the region, not only in academia,” the Minister declared.

The current Acting President, the Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Samuel Hinds delivered the feature address before declaring the championships open. He began by thanking the GTU, the MOE, and corporate Guyana for engaging in such a strategic partnership that has produced this event of magnificent proportions.

“I express my appreciation to the GTU and the MOE who are once again partnering to bring off these important championships. A great deal of effort has gone into the organization of these championships which brings together the students from all over Guyana,” the Prime Minister expressed.

The Prime Minister pointed out that these championships provide a moment for all of the students to give of their best so as to bring glory and accolades to themselves, their districts and their regions. He congratulated all the participants and urged them to compete fiercely and fairly to ensure that the best person, region or district wins.

The 53rd National Schools Athletics, Cycling and Swimming Championships will be held over the next three days and will showcase the best of athleticism within our national education system. This year’s championship is being sponsored by Digicel, Courts, Banks Malta, Giftland Officemax, and DDL.

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