At today’s launch of Education Month 2015 at the Theater Guild, Marlene Chin from Sagicor Visionaries officially announced to the Guyanese public that Abram Zuil Secondary School in Region 2, had won the 2014 leg of the Sagicor Visionaries competition.
Having won the national competition with their project Paddy Husk Particle Board, the students and teachers moved on to the regional competition which was held in Florida, United States of America. This team included Athine Indar, Safeer Juma, Mark Doobay, Devindra Persaud and Biron Marks. They were joined by their teachers Jerome Rajpersaud (Deputy Head Teacher), Bagwandae Suklall (Head of the Science Department).
In her remarks, Ms. Chin highlighted that Guyana came out in the lead, ahead of eight territories including the USA. She added that the project has market value and called on the private sector to look at its viability.
The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), Sagicor Life Inc. (Sagicor) and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) believe that, through greater community involvement, the citizens of the Caribbean can live more sustainably and build a better future.Ms. Chin also announced the launch of the 2015 leg of the competition. The Visionaries Challenge encourages secondary and high school students to develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing them. Entries are first evaluated and judged at the national level in each of the Challenge Countries, with the winning school in each country moving on to the regional competition. Representatives of national school winners and their respective teachers will also participate in a 7-day, all-expenses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador Programme to Florida.
The Challenge’s goals are to boost institutional capacity in STEM in secondary and high schools in the Challenge Countries; ignite interest among youths for innovation in STEM to help build and integrate sustainable communities, and integrate knowledge gained from formal and informal education to enable tomorrow’s leaders to build more sustainable communities.