Children’s art work featured in GBTI’s 2019 Calendar


Displaying the “the uniqueness of Guyana’s richness and bright future,” the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) has launched its 2019 Calendar with artwork from six students.

The calendar, produced under the theme, “We see Guyana through your eyes,” includes artwork by Mariana Ramai, 15 of Saraswati Vidya Niketan School; Darshanie Pirana, 14 of Christ Church Secondary; Chelsea Wallerson, 13 of Marian Academy; Lorenzo Smartt, 9 of Port Kaituma Primary; Unn Persaud, 14 of Marian Academy and Shivanie Balkissoon, 12, of Hope Secondary.

According to a statement from GBTI, the six winning art pieces came from the Bank’s Calendar Competition which was held during September and October this year. More than 130 students participated in the competition.

The statement noted that the pieces display Guyana’s rich flora and fauna, rich natural resources, ethnic diversities and the emerging oil and gas sector interwoven with national symbols, patriotism and a vision of hope.

Mr. Richard Isava, Executive Director of GBTI expressed gratitude to the students for their participation and encouraged them to continue to pursue their goals, according to the statement.

He further noted that parents always see their children as lawyers and doctors while the creative and expressive arts such as music, literature and poetry, that contribute to happiness, is often neglected.

Mr. Isava added that GBTI is privileged to have provided this platform for the students to share their vision so creatively.

Apart from recognising the students with Early Savers Gift Vouchers, the art pieces will be showcased in GBTI’s banking halls across the country and other media platforms.

GBTI also expressed thanks to the other 130 individual participants and schools from across the country for their interest and looks forward to their continued support and interest next year.

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