Winners in the Fogarty’s Back to School competition received $250,000 in prizes at the presentation ceremony held last Saturday morning.
The first prize went to Ricardo Subramani, of Helena Primary School. He received a desktop Computer System valued at $130,000. The other winners received gift certificates, stationeries, hampers and haversacks.
The competition attracted 30,000 entries.
In the feature address delivered by Vibert Parvatan, Executive Director of Laparkan, he emphasised the importance of education and the need for pupils to grasp opportunities afforded them.
“The term ‘Back to School’ will, for adults, stimulate reflections on our youthful days. The formative period of our lives when guided by parents and teachers, we embraced personal values which became the foundation on which we built our lives.
“In a developing country such as Guyana, education is seen as a vehicle not only for the development of pupils but by extension, the development of our country,” Parvatan emphasized.
“Education clarifies the difference between the ‘right’ and the ‘wrong’ and helps inculcate virtues in young minds.
“Youth is that phase of life where dreams are built, hope is kindled, and a bright future is foreseen. Youth is a beautiful phase of life where a child turns into an energetic, confident individual.
“It is the growing phase of life, the stage to achieve a complete physical and mental growth.
“Those are the years to understand yourself, discover your potentials, grab opportunities and pursue success. Those are the years to foster moral principles, construct your value system and begin an all-new journey on the path of the ‘right’.”
He concluded, “My message to the youths of today is – grasp and develop the opportunities at hand. Do not wait for opportunity to knock at your door. Knock on opportunity’s door. Success would not come to you. You have to go to it.”
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