With calls being made for greater involvement from all stakeholders, the Ministry of Education is preparing to commence its annual celebration of Education Month.
Embracing the theme “Literate by Grade Four, through Consistent Home, School and Community Involvement,” the auspicious month will be introduced on Sunday (August 31) with an Interfaith Church Service in Region Seven.
“The 2014 Education Month theme centres on the need to bring awareness to parents, community members, social and religious organisations of the importance of coming together to help each child become literate by the time he or she graduates from Grade Four,” a statement from the Ministry said.
According to information coming out from the Education Ministry too, the carefully scheduled activities will be held across every administrative Region, and is expected to include participation from parents, guardians, children, educators and even the business community.
It was pointed out that the celebration this year, like many in the past, will embrace prayer services, a number of ‘face-the-community’ meetings across the country, and awards ceremonies at which both teachers and students will be duly recognized.
The month will also see deliberate moves being made to encourage literacy with an activity which is being dubbed ‘Give A Book Day’ which will be complemented by an invitation for all of Guyana to engage in reading at a specific time and on a specific date.
Detailed too, in the schedule of activities issued by the Ministry, are plans for Spelling B, Debating and Essay competitions, an Education Month Rally and the launch of the revised literacy programme.
During the month of activities the education sector will also observe International Literacy Day and conduct workshops and other edifying fora for teachers.
Although dubbed ‘Education Month’ the celebration is one that will continue until October 30 with a wide range of sporting activities such as fun days, career fairs and exhibitions of educational materials.
It is expected that the strategic targeting of stakeholders during the activities is intended to not only bolster relations with the education sector, but also to help the sector derive ways to help improve its mandate of educating the nation’s children.
Ministry officials have long been calling for the support of parents, in particular, to improve the performances of students at every level of learning.
In fact Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, has disclosed on numerous occasions that many of the outstanding performers the sector has produced over time; have been able to benefit from the dedicated support of their parents.
Moreover, the Minister has insisted that it isn’t only those students from affluent communities that are listed among the best performers of the country. “Some parents may not even understand the (school) work that their children are doing, but by simply providing a meal or waking them up to study and keeping their company that is what matters sometimes,” the Education Minister told a stakeholders’ forum held at the West Demerara Secondary School recently.
With teachers, students, parents and the community at large giving their input, the Minister is optimistic that Guyana will continue to produce laudable performances across all levels. “So it is a big partnership that has to happen….” asserted the Minister.
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