Georgetown, Guyana – (June 7, 2019) Minister within the Ministry of the Presidency, Mrs. Simona Charles-Broomes, this morning, held a lively interactive session with the students of the St. George's High School, Company Path, Georgetown. The Minister met with the students after receiving an invitation from the school to speak with them on the importance of cultivating discipline and working towards their goals. While there, Minister Broomes also committed to engaging the Ministry of Education on introducing SMART Classrooms into the school, following a student’s request.
Minister Broomes encouraged the students to plan for their futures now and to remain focused as they will face many distractions and other challenges that could derail them.
“Your approach to education has to be different because you are crucial to the development of the nation…So I urge you to take these four pillars: discipline, self-respect, self-esteem and commitment to work and mould yourselves into responsible Guyanese leaders. That is what we [the Government] want as we have to pass the mantle to you because our country’s future depends on you, the nation's youths,” she said.
The Minster also urged the students to make a personal commitment to leading disciplined lives. For example, she said, the students could recite, “I pledged myself to make a difference at St. George’s High School starting with discipline, self-respect, self-esteem and commitment to my work’.”
Minister Broomes also thanked the teachers for their commitment to the task of moulding the nation’s children, noting that their contributions to society in this regard are commendable and cannot be measured.
Meanwhile, Grade Ten Business student, Mr. Ezra Gibson said that the sentiments expressed by the Minister resonated with him personally. “I like that the Minister took the time to come and talk to us especially on discipline because this is an area that I try to work on personally and her message was very touching to me,” he said. His peer, Ms. Amberley Amarnauth agreed. “She talked about keeping your self-esteem up and that was very touching because sometimes you have situations where you feel down and I think that her talking about these topics made an impression on me and I will work towards some of the things that she said,” Ms. Amarnauth said.
At the close of the session, Integrated Science Teacher, Ms. Vanessa Grahams who facilitated the Minister’s visit, thanked her for meeting with the students.