By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – One World Youth Project virtually-was officially closed yesterday (July, 11) at the Richard Ishmael Secondary School by Charge d’ Affaires of the United States Embassy, Bryan Hunt.
The project ‘virtually’ allowed students of the school to interact with students from several schools in the US so as to foster and expand cultural exchanges between the two countries.
The youths from the NGO partnered with educational institutions in the US and Guyana and connected secondary school and university students in a dynamic cross-cultural exchange
During his remarks, Hunt explained that the idea came together for a partnership between the US based Non Governmental Organization (NGO) – One World youth project – and the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section and became a reality through a US $34,000 innovation fund grant.
He further explained that the US Embassy in Guyana promotes the exchange of people both ways in order to enhance cultural understanding and build people to people relationships.
Youth Ambassadors from Guyana were trained and sent to the US for three weeks to develop their community service and leadership skills.
Hunt is hopeful that the program will remain in Guyana for the next academic year. University of Guyana Assistant Registrar,Danielle King said the University has no regrets in this partnership that has empowered youths in Guyana and the United States to teach about their respective cultures and to promote understanding between the two countries.
She also explained that students were trained to deliver the curriculum and how to manage classrooms and are equipped with the skills to go out and make a difference.
It is hoped that the students will take their training beyond the classroom and into their communities to make a difference. The program began in September 2013 and ended on June, 2014.