Endeavours to empower, inspire Students
Brooklyn, NY – The Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association (NY), Inc. (“QCAANY”) is visiting its alma mater in Georgetown on October 29 and October 30h, 2015. The purpose of the visit is to host a conference with students of Queen’s College. There will be participation from students of Tutorial High, North Georgetown Secondary, Annandale Secondary, Richard Ishmael Secondary, Christ Church Secondary and Tucville Secondary schools.
During the conference, alumni from Guyana, Atlanta, New York, West Virginia and London will come together to share their knowledge and expertise, by leading seminars and exercises that will engage and expose students to age-appropriate matters.
The lineup of 18 presenters which will include Dr. Terrence Blackman, Mr. Newell Dennison, Dr. Paloma Mohamed, and Ms. Amlata Persaud, Guyana’s first female Rhodes Scholar, reflects the diversity of scholarship, interest and talent that the school and Guyana have produced.
The agenda will include discussions on strategies to stop bullying, developing critical thinking, youth volunteerism, creative problem solving using the arts, the effects of drugs and alcohol on social development, education and development: the power to change the world, and goal-setting and time management, among others.
The upcoming conference follows other enrichment services provided by QCAANY that began with a highly successful conference in 2014 that engaged students during the school’s 170th anniversary reunion.
“Our students benefited immensely from last year’s conference,” said Ms. Jackie Benn, Queen’s College Headmistress, “and based on the topics on this year’s programme, this conference has the potential to be even more beneficial.”
She noted that as the country approaches its 50th anniversary, critical thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit, both topics to be discussed at the conference, are vital to the sustained development of our nation.
“The selection that the New York Chapter has put together for our students, coming on the heels of its other offerings, is very impressive,” she said. The teachers and students cannot contain their excitement. Ms. Benn anticipates that this type of interactions between returning professionals and the school will result in enhanced leadership and socialization skills within the student body
The President of QCAANY, Mr. John Campbell, in thanking the volunteers who are giving generously and enthusiastically of their time, said that the school’s motto of Fideles Ubique Utiles, (Faithful and Useful Everywhere), is the foundation upon which alumni come together to energize and encourage the rich tradition of excellence and camaraderie that Queen’s College is known for.
Further, he stated that he warmly welcomes and looks forward to the full participation of the sister schools. To the extent that Queen’s College is hosting a conference, other schools should be invited to participate, when possible, because “we are one people, one nation and one destiny,” he elaborated, “our destinies are intertwined.”
The conference with the students is being held in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
QCAANY was formed on August 21, 1991. The NY-based non-profit organisation’s stated purposes include to provide financial and other forms of material assistance to the school and to associate with any non-profit organization involved in assisting Guyanese in Guyana and elsewhere. To learn more, please email QCAANY at [email protected] and visit the organization on the internet at www.qcguyanaalumny.org and at www.facebook.com/qcguyanaalumny
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