Free education was one of the key features introduced as part of Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham’s pursuit to bring into being a cadre of intelligent and well educated youngsters to lend to nation-building.And according to City Mayor Hamilton Green, Burnham in his quest had insisted that no child in Guyana be deprived of developing his or her potential because of the lack of access to education due to poverty.City Mayor, Hamilton GreenMoreover, he had established free education from kindergarten to University level, said Green, who was delivering the feature address at a ceremony held at the National Congress of Women headquarters to commemorate the 24th death anniversary of Burnham.In order to support his decision and to cope with a chronic shortage of teachers, Burnham sought to expand teacher-training, thus he paved the way for the construction of the Cyril Potter College of Education building in 1974, said Mayor Green.And even in the face of putting measures in place to address training,Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping
, Burnham organised the establishment of a College of Excellence –President’s College, on the East Coast of Demerara, the mayor said.It was intended to be “a secondary residential institution to take care of the brightest students from the country’s primary school system. It offered them a range of skills in addition to the opportunity to develop academically to their fullest. They got free books, recreation facilities, uniforms, tuition, and board and lodging,” Green remembered.According to him,Cheap NFL Jerseys China
, Burnham was of the understanding that no nation can truly develop without committed, competent and caring young leaders, even as he pointed to policies of the current administration which have brought into being two tragic conditions.Green first outlined that few graduates were allowed to remain in Guyana to serve. Many wanted to stay, he said.He argued that an unforgivable crime has been committed against the youths of this country in the form of the College of Excellence being reduced to physical and academic ruin,NFL Jerseys China
, which according to him is an assault on Burnham’s legacy.Green further alluded to a World Bank report which shows that Guyana is near the bottom of a list of countries affected by the brain drain phenomenon.However, Burnham’s most courageous contribution to nation building might have been the initiation of the Guyana National Service (GNS), Green speculated.That entity he highlighted was intended to give young people from every region an opportunity to live, learn, work and play together in a controlled and healthy environment, successfully breaking the old bonds of ignorance, suspicion and a disconnect.According to Green, the GNS was also intended to inject a level of love for country and discipline, while at the same time, developing skills for those who may have earlier acquired a skill for life.And as a support, Burnham had also started projects in agriculture, mining and manufacturing intended to develop human and natural resource, Green added.The first Executive President was also instrumental in instituting the Feed, Clothe and House campaign.“When during the world economic crisis,Cheap NFL Jerseys China
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, at one time not to plant,” said Green.He speculated that had it been left to Burnham, Guyana would have been using locally produced flour. He also pointed to the fact that “we now use inferior imported sugar, forcing us to use double the amount.”According to the City Mayor, the entire sugar infrastructure was built by the foreparents of this land.He disclosed that it was because of Burnham’s appreciation for history that even when the cost of fuel and other materials went up, the price of good Guyana Sugar was kept at two pounds for 13 cents for a while to benefit the children of slaves and indentured labourers.“But this is post Burnham Guyana. For inferior sugar we now pay more. Believe it, or not. Alas! He was two steps ahead of us. The majority did not understand the need for sacrifice to attain the precious prize of a viable New Nation,” asserted Green.