[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine recently addressed members of the American Peace Corps on the occasion of the swearing in of 42 new volunteers to Guyana. In his statement he emphasized the importance of partnerships in education.
Dr. Roopnaraine expressed his appreciation for the 26 year rapport that Guyana has established with the American Peace Corps. He said that unlike developed countries like The United States of America, Guyana does not possess the level of resources to achieve the requisite progress on its own. He added that he has initiated a number of measures that will lay the basis for reforms that may be needed in the education system.
Referring to the great American President, John F. Kennedy in his 1961 address to Congress, where he opened his address in the following words: “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education…the human mind is our fundamental resource.”
The Minister of Education encouraged volunteers to also see this as an opportunity for their own education and added, “Ours is a small country, but one that is rich in history, and which shares with your own, some fundamental historical themes: colonization; enslavement; resistance; division; and the striving towards an often elusive ideal of unity from various people thrown together by history.”
He welcomed the new volunteers as worthy Ambassadors of their country and as valued partners in Guyana’s development. He, on behalf of the Government and people of Guyana, extended gratitude to the Government and people of the United States for their continued engagement via the Peace Corps Programme.
Among those in attendance at the swearing-in ceremony of the 42 US Peace Corps Volunteers were: Bryan Hunt, Chargé D’affaires; Minster of Health, Dr. George Norton; Peter Anthes, Deputy Chief of Mission; Linda Argobast, Peace Corps Guyana Country Director; Dr. Shellon Bovell, PC Programme Manager, Education. [Ministry of Education]