The $89 million Martyrs’ Ville Nursery School was commissioned on Saturday by Minister of Education Priya Manickchand in the company of the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, SC.
The School was opened on September 5, 2022, to relieve parents of the burden of taking their children to the Mon Repos and the Good Hope Nursery Schools, located further away.
Minister Manickchand said the School was a promise to the residents of Martyrs’ Ville, noting that Guyanese can expect the Ali-led Administration to deliver on its promises.
She said the government believes in investing heavily in the education sector and that Guyanese can expect the construction of facilities, where there are needed to ensure access to quality education.
Minister Manickchand reminded the teachers that Region Four produced one of the students who tied for the top spot at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) - Neuel Bancroft from the Annandale Primary School.
She said in addition to parental support and natural brilliance; the student had to be surrounded by great teachers from nursery school up to Grade Six.
She congratulated all teachers and urged them to take stock of their responsibilities and to ensure that they properly educate their pupils since a solid nursery foundation is essential.
The Education Minister also noted that one common thread running through the stories of successful students is the support they receive from parents.
“We are asking for your partnership. This means having a deep interest in your children’s education. When we get partnerships right, we will see children excelling in ways we didn’t imagine,” Minister Manickchand remarked.
Further, she said that the government promises that children will continue to receive support such as cash grants, meals, and textbooks, among other benefits.
She said that all Grade Six children will receive breakfast daily for the first time in the country’s history. Further, Grade Five and Six children will receive all the textbooks they need for free, and shortly after, all primary school children will receive all the textbooks they need for free.
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall also thanked teachers for their hard work. He said that the edifice’s land was a cow pasture less than three decades ago.
He enlightened those present that he had attended nursery school in the community, which was a ‘bottom house.’ He said that it is important that the transformation that has taken place and continues to occur must be appreciated.
He said there are many more projects slated for the region, including a modern hospital at Enmore, new water treatment plants at Friendship/Buxton, Bachelor’s Adventure and Mahaica, and an industrial complex where the Enmore Estate factory was, which will create jobs.
He said that these projects and more are being done to create a better country and future for the young children coming up.
Regional Chairman Daniel Seeram described the School as a blessing to the community and the region since it will offset the overcrowding at the Mon Repos Nursery and the Good Hope Nursery School.
Regional Education Officer Stembiso Grant said that the School adds to the region’s list of 58 nursery schools. She said the School is currently staffed with 98% trained teachers.