The Region Three (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara) Chamber of Commerce and Industry has honoured with cash incentives, trophies and certificates the students of that region who have recorded outstanding performances in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
Last Saturday, at an event held at the Aracari Resort, the Chamber celebrated the region’s educational institutions, and congratulated and encouraged its students and teachers to continue to strive for excellence in education. This event was the first of its kind hosted by the Chamber in seventeen (17) years.
Those honoured were as follows: top CAPE student Vamanadev Hiralall, who received a certificate, trophy, smartphone and a cash incentive of $120,000; top CSEC students Faneeza Etwaroo, Rebecca Hammichand, Suzanna Dass, Nirmala Somath and Muhamed Ali, who each respectively received a certificate, trophy and cash incentive of $50,000.
Vamanadev Hiralall explained that sacrifice and dedication are necessary to achieving good results. “If you want to see results or performance to change for the better, you must make sacrifices such as your time and certain decisions in order to see results.”
President of the Region Three Chamber of Commerce, Radesh Rameshwar, said the event is aimed to develop the region by investing in its human resources. “We are here to motivate and start a revolution to further put this region and its resources on the map,” he posited.
According to the Department of Public Information, Rameshwar said this is one of the first major contributions that the organisation has undertaken since the installation of a new committee. Additional awards were also given out to representatives of Zeeburg Secondary School, West Demerara Secondary School, and Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) as well as to the schools’ educators.
Regional Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikarran, commended the students for their outstanding performances, and observed that they have made their region proud with their dedication and sacrifice. He added that the ceremony is a great initiative to honour and encourage students, teachers and the region’s educational institutions to strive for continued development.
Assistant Chief Education Officer (ACEO) Owen Pollard congratulated the students for their performances in the examinations. He advised them that as they leave their respective schools to embark on their new journey, to choose a path that they are passionate about.
“Time is now for you (students) to put into practice those guiding principles that will now make your teachers proud. Your successes will be your teachers’ reward; go forth and make them proud. Find your niche in life,” Pollard urged.
The ACEO stressed that parents needed to collaborate with the teachers to play an active role in the development of the students. He noted that the teachers have been entrusted to uplift and motivate their students to perform well.
It was highlighted that, next year, the Chamber hopes to include the region’s top National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) students alongside the top CSEC and CAPE students to be honoured for their hard work.
The Chamber’s president assured that the organisation would work assiduously to guarantee that Region Three is known as the foremost region in the country, through its collaboration with various stakeholders.