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By Rehanna RamsayFor more than a decade, the Rotary Club of Georgetown has been actively involved in molding hundreds of young minds via its literacy programme.Despite various challenges, the literacy programme has been in existence for nearly 14 years.  The group targets children in underprivileged communities such Sophia and its surrounding areas.“We have had many success stories since our founding. The work requires faith and patience; it is quite tedious at times but we, who volunteer here, are pleased to be a part of shaping these individuals into respectable human beings for society.“We don’t just teach them to read and write, we also have courses in etiquette and manners as well as a penny banking, teaching them how to save,” one volunteer, Odassia Forde,Authentic Jerseys Cheap, stated.Forde, a teacher by profession, was speaking at a presentation ceremony whereby the group was receiving donations from one of its few contributors, the Guyana Oil Company (GUYOIL).A monetary donation was presented by a representative of GUYOIL, Ms Jacklyn James. In her remarks,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, James said that the oil company recognizes the importance of literacy in society thus becoming a sponsor has been a privilege throughout the years.Marva Moses, a single parent from Dennis Street,Nike Air Max 1 Mens Cheap, Sophia, spoke of the positive impact that the initiative has had on the lives of her four children.“I have had all four of my children pass through this literacy programme and it’s been very beneficial to them in developing their reading and writing …it gave them an opportunity that most single parents like me cannot afford to give their children.”Now Moses says that she can be proud of what her children have become. “It’s mostly because of this kind of programme that my children have turned out successful in life. My eldest child is currently at UG pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. The next one is in the GDF while the other two are in secondary school.”The woman expressed extreme gratitude for the initiative. “I would encourage persons to support this effort because it gives children a balanced educational base and affords parents like myself the opportunity to give their children the kind of scope that they may not be able to otherwise offer them.”“I would volunteer here from time to time because it’s a great opportunity to give back to a program that has given me so much.”Spearheading the operation is Dr Quacy Grant,Cheap Jerseys From China, President of the Georgetown Rotaract Club. Grant said that the programme facilitates about 50 students aged five to 11 and sometimes older. He says that courses have one year duration for each child,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, but there are times when students are allowed to repeat.“We meet every Saturday at the Sophia Exhibition Site; we have about 40 students that come here with approximately seven volunteers which include Rotaractors and two teachers. We don’t just give them lessons in literacy but we teach about our country and so forth; we want to make them well rounded individuals.”“With more sponsors we could do much, so our programme could expand to benefit more children. We currently have three main contributors we have GUYOIL,Cheap NFL Jerseys, while Maggie’s catering and Shanta’s Puri Shop provide the children with meals after each session.”Grant also lauded the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport for providing much needed space that is currently utilized as learning quarters.
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