Ministry of Education, Guyana

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Monday, 05 December 2016 15:00

Minister Henry hosts interactive session with the contestants in the Miss Summer Blaze pageant

Young girls across Guyana are faced with varying challenges that affect them positively and negatively. The use of pageantry has been used as a platform to empower young girls. This concept was adopted by the organizers of the Miss Summer Blaze Pageant which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017.

For Mr. Andrew Daly and Ms. Natasha Cornette, a husband and wife team, the establishment of this pageant sought to address the issues faced by young girls in their school environment. Importantly, the pageant seeks to promote education, build self-esteem, and develop intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. In the initial stages the pageant was an experiment but its success has seen the project endure nine years of existence.
Today, the pageant is being used as a vehicle of personal development of social awareness and cultural appreciation.
In an effort to promote the successes of the pageant, the Minister within the Ministry of Education, Hon. Nicolette Henry an interactive session with the contestants of the pageant.
In her remarks, the Minister emphasized that this peculiar pageant has demonstrated to the girls their self-worth. “This is a safe place where you can open up, interact with one another, learn individual values and be motivated to play your role in society. I am sure that your interaction here has taught you many lessons which will help you to make wise decisions with regard to your personal development,” Minister Henry posited.
During the session the Contestants were exposed to presentations by Ms. Patrice Lafleur, Assistant Country Representative UNFPA who spoke on the importance of girls being educated. Her presentation touched on the recently released State of the World Report which focuses on the Girl at 10. Ms. Lafluer also spoke on the Sustainable Development Goals which includes components relating to the girl child and women, especially adolescent pregnancy and gender issues.
Also on the programme was a presentation by the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (GF/CCM). Ms. Maria Niles and Gwenette Mars, GF/CCM representatives, engaged the contestants in an interactive discussion on self-esteem and self-worth.
The Contestants were also exposed to information on volunteerism and a girl healthy lifestyle, teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. This aspect was done by representatives from the Volunteer Support Platform and GRPA.
All of the presentations put forward pertinent information that can be used by the girls on a personal level and can also be shared with their peers.

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