The scarcity of males pursuing certificate and diploma programmes at the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE) Berbice Centre overshadowed the institution’s Annual Graduation Exercise. One hundred and six (106) students, with 97 females and just 9 males graduated at the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) Hall on Sunday.
The centre has no appointed Resident Tutor since former Resident Tutor, Ms. Janice John vacated the post earlier this year. Ms. Janice John-Alexander, person-in-charge of the centre at present, outlined specific challenges being faced by students including continuous power outages that continue to hinder classes, especially in the evenings. She called on the relevant authorities to address the problems and made an appeal for a generator for the centre as well as an air- conditioner for the computer room. The need for additional staff was also mentioned. She called on more males to take more advantage of the courses being made available by the centre.
The IDCE Berbice centre offers numerous courses, including: Social Work II, Business Management; Pre- University Math and English; Care for the Elderly; Supervisory Management; Marketing; Computer Applications; Language and Communications.
Guest Speaker at the event, TV Journalist, Ms. Jenelle Williams, during her address to the graduands, focused on tips to create better persons. “Make plans and set achievable goals; but more importantly, make them flexible so that you will be able to effectively adapt to changes,” Ms. Williams stated.
She urged them to take on new challenges, since “chances are you won’t be working for $300,000 a month. In fact for those of you who are not yet employed, you might not get the first or second or third job you interview for.”
“You may never become the head teacher, CEO or manager you aim to be. You’re probably not going to become a billionaire. It may sound daunting and pessimistic, but this is the reality of life and that’s OK. The important thing is: you have already taken the initial steps needed to build a more promising future.”
She also urged them to never stop learning. “If you want to be the best person you can be you need to use your talents to their full potential. You must find something to challenge you, so that you will be sharper, happier and stronger as a result. Continue furthering your education, seeking training to be better, advancing your skills – it will pay off in the long run.”
Ms. Williams urged the graduands to find their passion and also be self- aware, in order to be successful in life. “Always give your best; persevere with a smile on your face; and always help others,” she said. “The future holds great promise for each of us. Therefore, I heartily recommend that you never stop trying to improve and also help to improve the lives of those who are touched by you.”
Also present at Sunday’s proceedings were Director of the University of Guyana’s Institute of Distance and Continuing Education, Ms. Winifred Kippin; Principal of the School of Nursing New Amsterdam Centre, Ms. Oslene Hickens, who delivered the Charge to the Graduands; and Attorney- at -law Horatio Edmonson.
The Valedictorian at the graduation was Mr. Keshri Jailall, while the programme was punctuated with several cultural items including those from the Bethel Dance Group. Ms. Juanita Burrowes chaired the evening’s proceedings, while special prizes were distributed to several students.
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