Category Archives: Education

Coronavirus: How pandemic pods and zutors are changing home-schooling – BBC News

Parent Julie Lam has made new arrangements after finding it impossible to home-school her three children and run her real estate firm

The “Pandemic Pods” group, which aims to help with childcare and schooling needs, grew to more than 30,000 members within three weeks, as areas across the US were hit by Covid-19 spikes and more schools decided to stay shut.            Continue reading

Oil futures – Democracy wins in Guyana and Suriname – The Economist

The neighbours’ new presidents have contrasting challenges

The Americas-  Aug 8th 2020 edition – The Economist

Mr Ali had a minuscule lead on election day, but a disputed tally by the chief elections officer gave victory to Mr Granger. A drawn-out recount and legal battles followed. It looked as if Mr Granger, a former army brigadier, was determined to remain in office. He relented under pressure from other countries such as the United States and Britain, the former colonial power, plus regional organisations such as the Caribbean Community. Independent media and Guyana’s private sector lobbied for Mr Granger to go. His supporters plan a court fight, but have little prospect of success.

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Commentary: Different places, different traces – By Dave Martins + Music video

Stabroek News- By Dave Martins 

One of the benefits of my life as professional musician for over 65 years is that I’ve seen many different countries, some of which I have lived in, during my time – starting with Guyana, where I lived on the West Demerara, first at Hague, my birth place, then Vreed-en-Hoop, where the family moved when I was going to school in town – first at Sacred Heart High School on Main Street and then St. Stanislaus College on Brickdam.

After graduating from Saints and getting a job with B. G. Airways, I then lived at Atkinson Field with my eldest sister Theresa’s family (she was married to Joe Gonsalves) before migrating to Canada in 1955, where I joined my mother and three other sisters in Toronto (they had migrated earlier).        Continue reading


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On August 4th, 2018, we had a grand opening of “The Buxton / Friendship Museum Archives and Culture Center” located at Lot 35 Buxton Middle Street (Lower Level) Buxton Village, East Coast, Demerara, Guyana.

With the declared Emancipation of slavery in 1838, the Village Movement was spreading. The pioneers, both male and female, were still able to save enough money to buy Plantation Orange Nassau later renamed Buxton. Friendship Village was later purchased and the combined area became Buxton /Friendship. The purchase of Buxton / Friendship and other villages set the stage for the formation of the Cooperative movement in Guyana.          Continue reading



Canadians don’t have to go back to 1918 and the start of the Spanish flu pandemic to find an analogy to today. For decades, waves of polio outbreaks gripped the country with fear, death and uncertainty, as recently as the 1950s.

At times, the outbreaks caused Canada to limit travel from the United States. Special hospitals were set up in some provinces to help children paralyzed by polio when physiotherapy was established. The iron lung began appearing in hospitals to assist patients’ breathing. School openings were delayed in many communities in a bid to reduce polio’s spread.

Ultimately, about 50,000 Canadian children were infected with polio during four major epidemics, and 4,000 of them died.          Continue reading

USA: Sen. Tom Cotton calls slavery ‘necessary evil’ in attack on New York Times’ 1619 Project

  • Senator wants to ‘save’ US history from New York Times
Tom Cotton speaks at a press conference in Washington.

Tom Cotton speaks at a press conference in Washington. 

@bryanagraham – Published onSun 26 Jul 2020  – The Guardian

EDUCATION: The Growth of Education in British Guiana (Guyana) -1800-1876 – By Dr. Odeen Ishmael


The Guyana Story – By Dr. Odeen Ishmael

Before the beginning of the nineteenth century there were not many people in Guyana who could read and write, and these included almost all the African slaves. Those who had some form of education included planters, merchants, government officials and some free persons of African descent.

During the period of Dutch colonisation, small schools were established by the planters to educate their young children, who, when they grew older, were sent away to Europe to continue their education.

From the early days of colonisation, the planters objected to the education of the slaves. Even attempts to expose them to Christian teachings faced the wrath of the planters.        Continue reading

BUSINESS: What would working remotely in Barbados really be like? – BBC News

A beach view of Christ Church, Barbados
Barbados says its new visa “lets you work remotely in paradise for up to a year”

Bored of working from home, wishing you were on a beach instead?

That could be a real prospect under a new scheme launched by the Government of Barbados.

The Barbados Welcome Stamp, which has just started taking applications, gives international visitors the opportunity to work remotely on the island for up to a year.

Palm trees, sun, and blue skies sound like a dream to many, but even stunning locations have their pros and cons, especially during a pandemic. So what can remote workers expect if they take up the tempting offer?              Continue reading

WORLD: A new forecast says the global population will peak at 9.7bn in 2064

  • That is well below the UN’s latest projections
  • sub-Saharan Africa 3.1-3.8 Billion – the only continent with a growing population

Graphic detail – The Economist  – Jul 17th 2020.

THE WORLD’S population may never grow as large as many had previously assumed. In a new paper, researchers at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington project that the global population will top out in 2064 and then fall steadily.
Current estimates by the UN’s Population Division reckon it will continue to grow until at least 2100. As a result, the IHME estimates a total population of 8.9bn in 2100; the UN places the number at about 10.9bn.  (see charts below)

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TOURISM: A Crash Course in Guyanese Cuisine | Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

TOURISM: A Crash Course in Guyanese Cuisine | Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

Jul 11, 2020 – Gordon Ramsay

Gordon meets with Chef Delvin Adams in Georgetown, Guyana to begin a crash course in Guyanese cooking.

About Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted: Gordon Ramsay travels the globe on an epic adventure, experiencing new cultures and new cuisines in search of culinary inspiration.

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