Residents of North Rupununi will soon benefit from their first-ever technical institute which was commissioned on Friday last.
The $130 million Hinterland Green Enterprise Centre is located in the same compound as the Bina Hill Youth Learning Centre in Annai, and boasts eight classrooms; a modern computer and science laboratory; a large auditorium; and a lecture room.
The facility can accommodate as many as 120 students at once.
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said in his opening remarks that the institute will address the high demand for skills training in the hinterland, whilst simultaneously promoting training that aligns along a path of sustainable development.
“This centre is gonna learn from the Amerindians traditional education and will foster education among the Indigenous children.”
Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock, who also attended the ceremony, is one of the pioneers of the technical institute.
He stated the institute represents the actualisation of a collective dream of the Indigenous people.
“The Ministry remains committed to supporting the access to education for young persons. It is the hope that the green centre much like the Bina Hill Institution will serve as a beacon and pilot,” said Allicock.