The six Guyanese students who travelled to the United States of America in August 2015, as participants of the US Embassy’s Youth Ambassador Programme on Tuesday used the initiative to undertake a small clean-up and beautification project at the Hope Secondary School.
Some 40 students who are currently being mentored at the Hope Secondary School were divided into four batches and placed to undertake various tasks in the clean-up activity.
The initiative saw the compound of the school being cleared of garbage and shrubs, and trees being planted, as well as the existing trees being painted and clipped to improve the aesthetic value of the environment.
“The activity was mainly to improve their capacity for teamwork while at the same time improving the physical school environment,” one Youth Ambassador explained.
Participant Ashraf Dabie said the programme is focused on developing the students of secondary schools outside of Georgetown, in an attempt to reduce the inequality and lack of participation.
“This beautification project at Hope Secondary allowed the students to have first-hand application of the teamwork and leadership skills we have been providing in our sessions because just speaking about it won’t be as effective as putting it into practice,” Dabie stated.
The Programme, which was launched in October 2015, is currently being implemented at two schools – the Hope and West Demerara Secondary Schools – simultaneously as they are both junior secondary schools. (Guyana Times)