Region Two Department of Education has commenced activities celebrating Mashramani 2023 under the theme, “Mixing and Mashing as One Guyana.”
Nursery schools from across the Essequibo Coast assembled at the Anna Regina Multilateral School’s auditorium (ARMS) on Monday to witness the first day of the Children’s Mash Competition.
Coordinator of the Regional Nursery Children’s Mashramani Competition, Regional Education Officer Shondelle Hercules noted that the competitions are part of the school curriculum and provide the children with necessary exposure that can guarantee a well-rounded child.
She excitedly said she is very happy and overwhelmed that after three years, the competition has returned while noting that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the colourful activities had to be cancelled.
“I am very happy to see the happy faces and after three years we are here to celebrate the children’s Mashramani this year under the theme Mixing and Mashing as One Guyana… I am so happy to see all of our schools and children are participating here,” she said
She extended the warmest welcome and good luck to the talented students participating in the various categories of competition.
Meanwhile, addressing a packed audience, Regional Chairperson Vilma De Silva said she could feel the excitement as the faces of the children were adorned with bright smiles as they were decked out in their colourful and creative clothing.
De Silva further noted that Mashramani is the celebration after hard work while adding that “We all should be celebrating. Despite the challenges we faced, we were able to succeed with our hard work. I am happy to see all the kids turn out this morning and get really excited to see them mashing again after three years of living in the pandemic.”
She, however, applauded the children who participated in the competition and also commended the efforts of the teachers and parents who assist tremendously in organising the students for the competition.
On February 1, the competition continues at the Anna Regina Centre Ground with Dramatic Poetry and Calypso.