Madam Kula Fofana speaking at Robertsport High SchoolPeople’s Foundation Africa (PFA) concluded nearly a month-long tutorial for high school students in the Commonwealth and Gawula School Districts of Grand Cape Mount County. According to the President Madam Kula Nyei Fofana, this was her institution’s way of contributing to the county’s education sector.Students of Grand Cape Mount County have over the years underperformed in the West African Examination Council (WAEC), now West African Senior School Certification Exam (WASSCE), and has been attributed to the poor state of the country’s education system, according to Madam Fofana.The tutorial classes focused on eight of the nine subjects including Math, English, Geography, History, Physics, Economics, Biology, and Chemistry. Among the seven high schools earmarked, Robertsport High School, Alwelayah Islamic High School, AGM, St. John Episcopal and Methodist High School showed interest in the classes.Madam Fofana called on sons and daughters of the county to join efforts to save the county’s appalling and rapidly declining education system. She said it was disheartening to learn during an assessment visit that some of the high schools had not seen teachers of geography, history and other subjects since the beginning of the school year and that the majority, if not all the schools, are ill-prepared to sit the exams. She hopes that her effort, as minimal as it may seem, will create an impact.The exam is expected to begin Wednesday, April 24, 2019, across the country. The tutorial classes were held in partnership with the Cape Mount University Students Union (CAMUSU). She further thanked CAMUSU for the commitment of the volunteer tutors and looked to future partnership and collaboration.Also speaking was the President of CAMUSU, Mr. Mohammed Degbo, who extended appreciation to Madam Fofana and team for the level of patience, partnership, and cooperation.“This is the first time for such a program in our county and we look forward to future collaboration from Madam Fofana and PFA” Mr. Degbo said. Also speaking was Ms. Fatumata Jalloh, the only female among the tutors, who said it was concerning to realize that twelfth grade students couldn’t read simple passages, something that is often seen in the exams. “I must admit that I underestimated the challenges in our school system until I volunteered to be a tutor for the upcoming WASSCE,” Ms. Jalloh intoned. Madam Kpana Gaygay, PFA’s Program Associate and coordinator of the tutorials, sees it as a wake-up call for the government and partners to improve focus on literacy and numeracy skills for the students. She was also happy that young people can come together for a good cause such as education.Despite the broader challenges, Madam Fofana hopes that this can be replicated in other districts in the county and country. However, with its meager resources, PFA can do just so much. She also thanked Mobilizing for Cape Mount and other donors who contributed to the success of the program. Funds were raised through Gofundme, a fundraising platform, and mobile money contributions.People’s Foundation Africa works with challenged, poor and hard-to-reach communities on education, health, agriculture, mentorship, and tourism. The foundation is expected to be officially launched in Monrovia soon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as Demerara Assizes opensThe January Assizes for Demerara opened at the Supreme Court in Georgetown on Tuesday with much pomp and ceremony.However, a tall task lies ahead as there are 229 criminal cases listed to be heard during the session, which will be presided over by three Judges: Justice Navindra Singh, Justice James Bovell-Drakes and Madam Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall.Justice James Bovell-Drakes inspecting the Guard of Honour on Tuesday’s opening of the Demerara AssizesDuring the ceremony, senior and junior ranks of the Guyana Police Force were adorned in their ceremonial wear as they marched in unison, reflecting the discipline that the law enforcement unit is expected to maintain.Horsemen, trumpeters and other band members played melodies that captivated downtown Georgetown. Veteran High Court Judge, Justice Bovell-Drakes, who is sitting this session, took the salute in the presence of other Judges, including acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC. Members of the public who were given court summonses appeared before the Judges as potential jurists.
Six residents of Campbellville Housing Scheme in Georgetown on Friday appeared before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly to answer a total of 14 assault charges altogether.Crystal Burrowes, Tiffany Adams, Shyon Adams, Moses Adams and Terrence Forde all pleaded not guilty to the charges that were read to them; while Atesha Burrowes pleaded guilty with an explanation.The Prosecution’s facts presented to the court state that the Burroweses and the Adamses used threatening language against each other on May 25 and May 28, 2018, and the incident ended up in a brawl.Atesha Burrowes told the court that she went to visit her mother, who lives next door to the Adams family. She said her mother asked her to open the shop which she operates, and upon doing so, she made contact with Shyon Adams, and an argument ensued.The two allegedly became abusive while using threating language to each other, and this caused relatives of each party to intervene.Atesha Burrowes was fined $10,000 for abusive language and $10,000 for breaching the peace. Crystal Burrows was fined $10,000 for abusive language, and placed on $15,000 bail for breaching the peace; and Shyon Adams, Tiffany Adams, Moses Adams and Terrence Forde were each placed on $15,000 bail.The matter is expected to continue of June 8.
The Dharmic Kendra at Prashad Nagar in Georgetown came alive with intricate rangolis all depicting a different theme. The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha’s annual rangoli competition is a time when students display their creative side and compete for the top prize and bragging rights.Marian Academy’s winning rangoliThis year, along with bragging rights also came a brand new computer for the winning school. That coveted prize went to Marian Academy, whose rangoli resonated well with the judges.Rangoli is an art form, originating in the Indian subcontinent, in which patterns are created on the floor or the ground using materials such as coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali or Tihar, Onam, Pongal and other Hindu festivals in India.Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr KJ Srinivasa poses with the Cacique Accounting College teamDesigns are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive.The word rangoli is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘rangavalli’ which means colour. The purpose of rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck.Gracing the occasion was Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr KJ Srinivasa, who used the opportunity to extend his Diwali wishes as well as commit to further collaboration between the Sabha and his country.The winning team receiving their prize from Attorney-at-Law Ganesh Hira“This has been a mini-exhibition of Indian culture. A mini exposition of the interest of Guyana and its youth in this amazing tradition of rangoli. Diwali is the festival of lights as you know and I was simply amazed when I was passing through one of this rangoli. A boy was explaining to the judges the significance of his team’s rangoli and especially Maha Lakshmi,” he noted.It was all good luck for Marian Academy when their team of creatives was adjudged the winners of the competition. Rounding off the top five schools were Mae’s School, St Roses High, Bishops’ High and Cacique Accounting College.Students completing their rangoliRegion SixOver in the ancient county, Cumberland Primary dethroned Gangarram Primary in the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) rangoli competition for primary schools held on Thursday. The event was organised by the Department of Education and saw defending champions Gangarram, as well as Betsy Ground, Sheet Anchor, Bohemia, Cumberland and Edinburg Primary participating.Among the things focused on was the ability to describe the rangoli and to interrupt it, the use of colours and aesthetics skills.Secretary of the East Berbice Pranit of the Guyana Dharmic Sabha, Omesh Seepersaud explained that even though the event is not on the Department of Education’s calendar of activities, it was initiated by the Guyana Dharmic Sabha.It is the second year that the event has included primary schools in the region.“Because Gangarram Primary won last year they are the hosts this year. We are happy that Gangarram Primary would have taken the initiative to ask the Gangarram Vishnu Mandir to host the competition got them. We initiated this event with the aim of propagating and sustaining our art and our culture. We have been doing this for a number of years but it is not only the second year that we have introduced it to primary schools,” Seepersaud said.In the end, Cumberland Primary emerged as the winner with Gangarram Primary in second and Bohemia Primary, third.According to the Times of India, Rangoli may have originated in India even before the origin of the Hindu epics, because rangoli is mentioned in the epics. Today, rangolis are made on floors and walls for decorating houses during festivals and other joyous occasions like marriages.The religious significance is that gods are attracted to rangoli and hence while inviting a god into a house, the house should be decorated with rangoli.
“ZIFA reiterates its commitment to fulfill all future tournaments and matches, provided the environment does not in any way risk the safety of participating teams. The withdrawal from such a prestigious tournament is unfortunate for us, the team, the nation and the tournament organisers, but the association had to make the complex decision in the best interest of all involved,” the Zimbabwean association said in a statement.In a rejoinder, CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye has termed Zimbabwe’s reasons as baseless, saying Kenya is not experiencing any political instability and was quick to add that the Warriors will not be missed in the tournament.“We will not miss them at all and I don’t understand what security risk they are talking about. If they don’t have money to come for the tournament let them just say instead of creating a lame reason. They should be the last people to talk about insecurity; they have bigger problems than us,” an agitated Musonye told Capital Sport.“The tournament will go on and be a success even in their absence,” he added.Meanwhile, the Local Organizing Committee is working to have a final stand on the venues and are expected to issue a comprehensive statement on Thursday.CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye addresses the media in a past event PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.Musonye has however hinted that the opening ceremony might be held in Kakamega at the newly refurbished Bukhungu stadium where Kenya will play its opening match against Rwanda before travelling back to Machakos where Group A will be based.“It might be but we are still working on the logistics of that. We should have a comprehensive stand by close of business Thursday,” Musonye said.Zimbabwe, alongside Libya were the two invited teams for the tournament and their withdrawal now leaves only nine teams in the competition with CECAFA member Sudan having also earlier pulled out.The new development is rather a peculiar one from Zimbabwe, especially noting that save for a few pockets of running battles between police and opposition supporters, the country has been hugely peaceful.But probably, the Zimbabwe Warriors might have been worried by the Local organizing Committee’s decision to move matches from Kisumu to Machakos, roughly over the same reasons despite the county government having assured of adequate security.Group A, where hosts Kenya headlines will now have four teams from where the top two automatically qualify for the semi-finals.The organizers are set to release fixtures before Saturday, once majority of the teams jet in.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Zimbabwe national football team has withdrawn from the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup citing security reasons. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29- The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) on Wednesday afternoon announced it has withdrawn participation at this year’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup set to begin on December 3 in Machakos.In a statement on its official website, ZIFA pointed out to ‘security risk posed by the volatile situation in the host country’ as its main reason for withdrawal.