According to a release: “Some of the persons already supporting the ministry in its activities are H.E. Donald Ramotar, President of Guyana; Minister of Education, Ms. Priya Manickchand; Leader of the Opposition, David Granger; Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan; Chief Education Officer, Olato Sam; three representatives from the religious community; Mr. Marcel Hutson – Christian, Ms. Vindya Persaud – Hindu, and Mr. Sheik Moen – Muslim (CIOG). Other leading personalities include National cricketer, Ramnaresh Sarwan,; National Top Student (CSEC) 2013, Zimeena Rasheed, and Top Hinterland Student, Dacia Chappelle.”
The first two initiatives being undertaken by the ministry of education in celebration of education month are “Give a Book” and “Drop Everything and Read”, both of which take place on Monday September 9. The ministry says that the “goal is for these campaigns to become visible movements that will lead people nationwide to read. The campaigns showcase that anyone can give a book regardless of its origin, subject matter and author. Everyone can stop what they are doing and read for 15 minutes every day, starting on Monday, September 9.”
From the average citizen to leading politicians, religious leaders and other Guyanese of notable repute all can support and help each other in the national efforts to get Guyanese to actively read again, the ministry urged.
Minister of Education Ms. Priya Manickchand said: “We hope that their enthusiasm and commitment to supporting literacy in Guyana will inspire others to become partners with the ministry…”