Category Archives: Education

Guyana: Employment: Where are the people for the jobs? – By Adam Harris

Not so long ago there was talk about the young people not finding jobs; that there were no jobs. Indeed, many young people left school and could not find a job consistent with the skills they developed.

Those who did not do too well academically had parents who did not want them to stay at home, so these parents found places in technical institutes, and in schools like the Carnegie School of Home Economics.

Others sent their children to work with some friend or relative who were masons, carpenters and contractors. Many young employees entered as labourers and graduated as they learned the trade. But for the greater part there were so many who simply did not seem inclined to take a job. This may sound harsh, but it is true.          Continue reading

FILM: Vaxxed: from Cover-Up to Catastrophe – Vaccination and autism

Diaspora documentary – Vaxxed 2  – By Geoff Burrowes 

Me heart nearly buss out me ches wit pride and joy las night!

A truly controversial documentary was premiered in Toronto last night – 26 January 2020 – to a lively crowd of 100 or so and continues to show at the Kingsway Cinema on Bloor Street Toronto nightly. The director, Brian Burrowes was born in Georgetown, Guyana and lived and was educated there until his parents rudely uprooted him and moved him to Canada in 1975! He was six years old at the time and to all intents and purposes thinks of himself as a Canadian! He is however proud of his Guyanese heritage!

Why is his film controversial? Because it exposes the greed and callousness of the big pharmaceutical companies and the medical establishment and guess how they like that? The music was composed and recorded by his equally talented young brother Ian who has been a musician in Austin for many years!

  The story behind the movie is as fascinating as the movie itself!     Continue reading

Medical: Over 70% of 12- to 14-year-olds in China are short-sighted – The Economist

Experts say they should get out more

China –Jan 18th 2020 edition –  The ECONOMIST

The phone on Wang Xiaoying’s desk rings incessantly on a weekday morning. An optometrist in Shanghai, Ms Wang doubles as a part-time operator for China’s first publicly funded call centre providing information about myopia. It began operating on January 7th. Most callers are parents who worry about the deteriorating eyesight of their young offspring. “Make sure your child spends two hours outdoors each day!” Ms Wang often urges them. Another tip she offers is to avoid reading when supine. Trying to focus on an object held up by an unsteady arm is likely to strain the eyes, some experts believe.

The government reckons that more than 450m people in China, or at least one in three, are short-sighted (meaning that distant objects appear blurry). Globally just over one in five are.          Continue reading

Guyana: DOCUFEST 2020: Celebrating Guyana’s 50th & U.G’s 57th Anniversary: February 01-15, 2020

US Politics: Fahrenheit Wisconsin- main battleground in America’s political war – The Economist

A state once known for stolid German virtues is now the main battleground in America’s political war


IT IS SOBERING TO ENTER A SCHOOL IN MIDDLE AMERICA AND FIND STUDENTS AND TEACHERS FRIGHTENED FOR THEIR LIVES. It was also understandable that those at Wauwatosa East high school should feel this way when Lexington accompanied the local state representative, Robyn Vining, there.

EIGHT HIGH SCHOOLS IN WISCONSIN HAD JUST EXPERIENCED A REAL OR SUSPECTED SHOOTER INCIDENT IN A THREE-DAY PERIOD. One in another school in Waukesha, a suburban area on the edge of Milwaukee, had led to its school cop shooting a pupil.

Several of the 25 students present said they avoided going to the bathroom in class time for fear of the school corridors. When asked who was scared to come to school, all raised their hands. So did their teacher. The blame the students attached to the conservative gun lobby for this catastrophe is one reason their society has 75 members and is growing. The school’s conservative club is defunct.      Continue reading

Guyana’s 50th Republic Anniversary: Schedule of Events in New York – Feb 16-23, 2020: + Video Challenge

GT 50 Video Challenge
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GT 50 Video Challenge Registration Form

Guyanese teacher committed to educating students in remote villages

— BY TANGERINE CLARKE – Caribbean Life News NY – 17 January 2020

Quado Vancooten, headteacher, left, and professionals from Georgetown, and New York, (back row) with students at Kurupukari Nursery, Primary, and High School in the Essequibo Region, Guyana.  All photos by Tangerine Clarke

Students of Guyana’s highland regions have a savior in Headteacher Quado Vancooton, a dedicated educator for more than 18 years, who has made it his life’s career to travel to remote villages of Guyana to educate underprivileged children in indigenous villages.            Continue reading

“My Mother’s Blues” – Poem by British-Caribbean Poet Malika Booker – by Rosaliene Bacchus

“My Mother’s Blues” – Poem by British-Caribbean Poet Malika Booker

by Rosaliene Bacchus

British-Caribbean Poet Malika Booker
Photo Credit: University of Leeds Poetry Centre

My Poetry Corner January 2020 features the poem “My Mother’s Blues” from the poetry collection, Pepper Seed, by British-Caribbean poet Malika Booker. Born in 1970 in London, UK, to a Guyanese father and Grenadian mother, she grew up in Guyana. At eleven years, she returned to the UK with her parents where she still lives. In June 2019, she received the Cholmondeley Award for her outstanding contribution to poetry.


Food, Migration, and Diversity: Short Story: Call for Papers – June 24-27. 2020

Food, Migration, and Diversity

The Many Flavors of the Short Story

24 – 27 June 2020 – University of Calabria, Rende, ITALY.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline extended: February 1st 2020

The 16th International Conference on the Short Story in English will take place from June 24-27, 2020 at the University of Calabria, Rende, Italy with the theme: “Food, Migration, Diversity: The Many Flavors of the Short Story.

In This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto (2019), Suketu Mehta states that wherever there are immigrants, there are stories to give voice to their feelings of displacement and belonging through memory and acts of resilience. Their lives are indeed floating narratives that become a powerful symbol of the fluidity and vulnerability of our contemporary world.            Continue reading

Opinion: Ensuring Progress is made in the Start of a New Decade – By Yvonne Sam

— By Yvonne Sam

Readers forgive me if I fail to reflect any change in my approach now that 2020 has arrived.  In fact, in the name of progress and enlightenment I have resolved to be even more brutally honest. Of late, for some strange reason it has become apparent that when Blacks climb to a position of power it seems as if they are afraid to help their own people.

Instead they sometimes display a willingness in part to help destroy us. Get it straight, I am not talking about the typical phrase, “I’m going to help you get a job.” I am strictly talking about the lack of a pure willingness to help our communities and our people to move forward.   

On the other hand, whenever individuals from other races are occupying positions of power or prestige, they go all out to help their people. They demonstrate their willingness of what they would do to put both them and their communities in a position to succeed, and quite frankly they could not give a hoot about what anyone says or thinks.            Continue reading

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