Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:40

UG pledges to serve marginalised communities

-2040 Blueprint aims to see every household with a University graduate

Professor Paloma Mohammed, Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement (PACE) and Chair of the Transitional Management Committee, University of Guyana (UG), and her team have pledged to ensure the development of marginalised communities.

This was related today, at the launch of the Caribbean School of Data (CSOD) at the University of Guyana’s Turkeyen Campus.

As such, PACE is currently focused on crafting and supporting sustainable programmes towards the development of communities with inequalities and ensuring that the “University influences those communities positively and instrumentally.”

For 2020, Professor Mohammed said that the team has a number of literacy and numeracy programmes that they are working on including a Mathematics and Science project.

“This is an advanced Math and Science programme for students just getting into Secondary Schools, where we’re going to bring them into the University community over five semesters [..] and expose them to advanced Maths and Science methodologies and concepts,” she explained.

The creation of a football programme is also in the pipeline. For this project, the sport will be used to teach Mathematics and positively work with youths at the primary level in schools in and out of the Georgetown area.

The programme will also provide mentorship for students to assist them with homework, as well as, social and emotional issues.

Additionally, Professor Mohammed stated that they are currently working on the ‘University of Guyana’s Blueprint to 2040’, which includes the objective of seeing at least one individual in each household graduate from the University.

“It is our architectural design map of what the University in the future – 20 years from now – is going to look like. One of the fundamental lynchpins of that blueprint is our IT infrastructure and this aspirational goal that we would like at least to see one graduate, […] per household in the country.”


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