Georgetown, Guyana – (May 30, 2019) Minister within the Ministry of the Presidency, Ms. Simona Broomes, yesterday afternoon, pledged to sponsor a young man’s tuition at the Carnegie School of Home Economics on his release from the New Opportunity Corps (NOC), during a visit she paid to the Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast, Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two) facility. The Minister also committed to collaborating with the administrators to ensure that the training programmes offered at the institution are accredited. While there, Minister Broomes donated a quantity of clothing to students.
During a tour of the facility, Minister Broomes interacted with the students and enquired about their wellbeing and goals. She them encouraged them to take advantage of the learning opportunities there to better themselves.
"You, our nation's youths, don't belong here. When I see you in the newspapers, I want to see you as success stories so make use of every training opportunity available here to you," she said.
The Minister further urged the juveniles to take stock of their lives, noting that they can use of their allotted time at the institution to learn skills that can help them to earn a living on their release. “This [NOC] is a good place to reform yourselves and earn skills to make yourselves valuable members of society," Minister Broomes said.
Meanwhile, in an invited comment, Head of Administration (Ag) Ms. Isha Bartrum, thanked Minster Broomes for her support noting that the ultimate goal of the NOC is to rehabilitate and reform the students. "The NOC is grateful for her visit. The children here have erred and have to be reformed and to do so adequately, assistance in infrastructure and certification are necessary because when these youths leave here we do not want them to be stuck. [We want them] to be able to move on to the next stage in life," she said.
Ms. Bartrum also said that President David Granger pardoned two female students from the institution during Guyana's 53rd Independence Anniversary celebrations and she had high hopes that they would be productive members of society. The NOC over the past year, under the Judicial Justice Act released 20 youths.