Daily Archives: 08/25/2013

Education in Guyana – commentary

Education in Guyana

AUGUST 25, 2013 · BY Stabroek News – EDITORIAL
Every year the CXC results are announced it triggers the annual hand-wringing about English and Maths, and a spate of suggestions about what can be done to rescue the education system. The first thing to be said is that education is a long-term process, and generally speaking, innovations or reforms introduced to bring about an improved outcome take a while to work their way through the system. In other words, with some special exceptions, instant solutions will not happen. In fact, sometimes, as the English authorities found out to their cost at one point, too many reforms introduced too quickly produce confusion and the opposite consequences from the ones which were intended.

The second thing is that under no circumstances should education be made into a political football; it is far too important for that. For those who look back to some rosy era when education was free from kindergarten to university, etc, etc, it must be pointed out that it was under Burnham that education went into precipitous decline.    Continue reading

50-Year Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Iconic Speech

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March on Washington inspired the masses and, at the time, encouraged U.S. citizens that democracy could work.

It was 50 years ago this month that Martin Luther King Jr. stood before millions of people gathered at the Washington Mall and delivered his most memorable and iconic speech. As it came to be called March on Washington, King’s speech is recognized as the emotional high point of 1963.  [read more]

Can the Human Race Save Itself from Self-destruction?

Blog entry from the blog of Guyana-born Rosaliene Bacchus.

Three Worlds One Vision

Earth taken by Russian weather satellitePlanet Earth – Image taken by a Russian weather satellite
Source: Live Science Online

We all belong to the human race or human species: Homo sapiens. Black, brown, white or yellow, we are bound together as one on Planet Earth. Traveling at 67,000 mph or 18.6 mps around the Sun, our Spaceship Earth is a beautiful, tiny, fragile planet with a paper-thin atmosphere. The few privileged individuals who have seen Earth from outer space share an awareness of our home planet as a living, breathing organism. (See the video, Overview).

We are all part of this organism. There is no separateness, only what we have created in our skewed conception of who we are and our place in the world. Growing inequality in the world’s richest, most powerful nation and across our planet is a signal of distress. If we want to survive, we have to start thinking…

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What the Economic Crisis Really Means – what we can do – video

What the Economic Crisis Really Means – and what we can do about it!

Published on Aug 29, 2012 – Doing  It Ourselves (http://www.doingitourselves.org and http://www.facebook.com/doingitourselves) – aims to broaden understanding of the debt crisis and peak resources and encourage action for the sake of personal preparedness, happiness and ethical living. This animation sums up the key challenges facing our global society of credit crisis and resource scarcity and describes a path we can take to a happier life, now and in the future!

‘A Conversation’ at Moray House Trust

‘A Conversation’ at Moray House Trust

20th August 2013 – Press Release

A few nights ago, Moray House Trust was pleased to host ‘A Conversation’, an exchange between Dr Rupert Roopnaraine  and Brendan de Caires. The essays in Dr. Roopnaraine’s recent prize-winning publication, ‘The Sky’s Wild Noise’, provided much of the material for discussion but the talk extended to other topics such as the challenges of undertaking critical appraisal in a small society. Moray House Trust wishes to thank The Guyana National Lottery for their sponsorship of this event.

Moray House Trust (MHT) is a legacy of the late David de Caires. It is a cultural initiative to foster and preserve artistic expression in Guyana’s diverse culture and to support and contribute to the good works of Guyanese. The mission of the Trust is to host, to support and to facilitate live local cultural events (such as music and poetry recitals, lectures, photographic presentations) and to bring creative artists (writers, poets, singers, musicians, painters, photographers) together with peers, experts and an informed audience to advance local talent.   Continue reading

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