The science laboratories of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) have been further enhanced with a gift from the People’s Republic of China of equipment to improve teacher training at the college.
This gesture was birthed during a conversation President David Granger had with China’s Ambassador to Guyana Cui Jianchun in 2017.
The formal handing-over was done at the Turkeyen Campus, East Coast of Demerara.
Delivering the feature address, the President said that it is important that teachers are educated in an environment that is conducive for academic achievement.
He said that training is essential for teachers, necessary for upgrading skills, acquiring knowledge and to make studies interesting.
“Trained teachers are the sinews of the education system. They are central to achieving the education standard which will produce graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes and the values for their personal development,” the President said.
Further, he said that teachers of today must be geared to train the generation of tomorrow and they must be prepared for the important role in educating students to become citizens of the 21st century.
“The teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is being given priority. It will allow the entire country to develop a more technologically competent workforce essential to the establishment of this digital state of which I speak. It demands the re-orientation of the education system with placing greater emphasis on technology,” the President remarked.
He said that Guyana looks forward to continued international cooperation in education of friendly countries such as the People’s Republic of China particularly during the decade of development from 2020 – 2029.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Jianchun said that it was in 1972 that Guyana and China established bilateral relations. He said China is more than willing to advance teaching and learning in Guyana.
The Ambassador said that the equipment handed-over to CPCE is an important contribution to the development of the institution and looks forward to continued cooperation between the two countries. (Extracted and modified from Ministry of Education)