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Private Sector Companies help to raise level of innovation among Guyana’s Secondary School students – 4th May 2013

shot0009Some Private Sector companies have been putting their money where their mouths are in terms of helping to raise the level of innovation among the nation’s Secondary School students. Companies like Brass Aluminum and Cast Iron Foundry, The Guyana Energy Agency, and Demerara Distillers Ltd are three such organisations and they recently partnered with the Ministry of Education to assist schools in a Caribbean wide science project called the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge. The Challenge is for students to identify a problem in their environment and come up with a solution that is practicable and sustainable. After judging some 37 entries from 19 schools, Zeeburg Seconday‘s shrimp drying innovation was adjudged the best. Zeeburg also copped the best design when the project made it into the Regional contest. Speaking at a workshop to examine the projects, Head of the National Centre for Education Research and development (NCERD),  Jennifer Cumberbatch,  said that a better future for Guyana lies in Science.

Chief Education Officer Olato Sam also congratulated the schools for what he called very innovative projects, but he challenged, that the end of the competition must not be where it all stops.

Minister of Education Priya Manickchand also assured the students that her Ministry is looking at ways to give them a chance at increasing their knowledge with the provision of Micro science kits where there are no labs.

12 countries across the Caribbean participated in the Visionaries Challenge.

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