In an effort to further boost the educational needs of students in Zota District, Bong County, citizens from the district residing in the United States, under the banner, “Kponyekpoyah Development Organization (KDO),” recently donated 24 cartons of textbooks to two schools in the district.The consignment included English, Mathematics, General Science, and Geography books, and different types of dictionaries.The presentation was made to the Belefanai Peace Lutheran Mission and the Gorpudolo Boi schools in Belefanai Town by Livingstone Johnny Gbellai, who served as proxy for KDO president, Harry J. Diggs.Mr. Gbellai told the gathering that the books were sent to Liberia by KDO to buttress efforts the Liberian government has instituted to revamp the country’s education system. He said the books were sent to assist schools in that part of the country to build the students’ respective reading skills.He said the main focus of the group was to assist school-aged children in Liberia to improve in their quest to attain quality education. Mr. Gbellai acknowledged challenges in the education sector, but said as a result, members of KDO were very grateful to the government for its initiative to transform the sector.He then commended the schools’ administrators and parents in the district for the level of support through which the schools have been maintained over the years. He urged the parents to attach seriousness to their children’s education by assisting the teachers in preparing them for the larger society. Receiving the donated items, the administrators of the two schools, Johnson Flomo of Gorpudolo Boi and Reverend Emmanuel Todd of Belefanai Peace Lutheran Mission, commended the organization for the items and promised to use the textbooks for the intended purpose. The two encouraged KDO officials in the US to continue assisting schools in rural Liberia for the growth and development of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…100% pass rate at NGSA for the first timeAt its 9th Annual Graduation Exercise held on Sunday last, the Meten-Meer-Zorg Islamic Academy celebrated the 100 per cent pass rate of its students who had sat the 2018 National Grade Six Assessment.Head-teacher of the school, Brother Hasib Azeez, described the performance of the students as commendable. Delivering a report on the school’s performance, he said the school has been growing from strength to strength as it continues to promote good morals and values.He said the goal of the institution is to transform an empty mind into an open mind. He said that this year is the first time the school has achieved a 100 per cent pass rate at NGSA. According to Azeez, 26 per cent of the students who had written the examination have been placed at senior secondary schools in Guyana.Further, he noted that the school’s Parent- Teachers Association (PTA) has also seen 100 percent improvement regarding the attendance of parents at meetings.Besides the historical performance at the Grade Six examinations, Azeez also congratulated the students who had written the Caribbean Secondary EducationThe teachers of the Meten-Meer-Zorg Islamic Academy sharing a moment with Education Minister Nicolette Henry following the graduation exerciseCertificate examination (CSEC) for their stellar performance.Education Minister Nicolette Henry, in delivering the feature address at the graduation ceremony, told the gathering that all the hard work has been worth it.She said Sunday’s graduation was more than the gowns and outfits, but rather the feeling of accomplishment. “It is the awareness that all of your sacrifice and efforts achieved the desired results,” Minister Henry noted.Further, the Education Minister noted that education plays a major role in the growth and progress of a society. She said, “It is one of the key components that can make or break a culture’s advancement. If citizens of a society are educated, they can provide significant contributions in the fields of arts, literature, science, technology, oil and others, and help establish a well-rounded and stimulating community.”Henry congratulated all of the graduates on their achievement, and reminded that Guyana welcomes progress in all forms, since it indicates growth as individuals, communities, and the nation as a whole.Meanwhile, Region 3 Vice-Chairman Ayube Inshan urged the graduates that, as they continue on their path, they should embrace good values, morals and principles.Regional Chairman Dennis Jaikaran said although the students must be congratulated, the parents, teachers and guardians must also be congratulated for their support and hard work.Delivering the Charge to the graduates was Sister Zohorah Singh, who advised the children that they should not let the excitement of success and youth make them forget the Creator. She asked that they use their talents not only for personal gain, but for the development of the world.The school’s top student at this year’s NGSA was Zackiea Ali, who secured a place at Queen’s College, while the top student for the school at CSEC was Kaecia Winter. The school also awarded students from all of the classes who performed exceptionally at the school’s internal examinations. Those who participated in the Spelling Bee Competition and Science Quiz were also recognised during the function.