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First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, on Saturday, encouraged the children gathered on the lawns of State House, New Amsterdam to stay in school and pursue every opportunity to learn more if they are going to fulfill their potential.She was delivering the feature address at the Annual Literacy Extravaganza for children, hosted by the Gordon family. The First Lady took the opportunity to inform residents of New Amsterdam of a recently discovered scheme to defraud citizens by persons (fraudsters) impersonating her. She said that the Office of the First Lady had no scholarship programme, and that it is only the respective embassies that are authorized to grant visas. Her office does no such thing. She advised the public to report to the police every encounter with these swindlers.

The First Lady stated that providing equal access to education is a key objective of the Granger administration, and she reiterated his mantra that Guyana is aiming to become an “education nation” in order to compete in this dynamic world. Literacy, she said, is the foundation upon which wealthy nations are built. “Literate children become literate adults who make up productive communities and a more productive nation,” she said.

Even as Government continues to ramp up access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at the community level, Co-ordinator of the Child Literacy programme in Berbice, Ms. Simone Dainty, cautioned the children to exercise caution while they are online. “We have a lot of cyber crime/bullies … there are people who are hacking other people’s accounts,” the Coordinator cautioned.

In addition, Mr. Marcus Gordon, who spoke on behalf of his family, encouraged the children to pursue knowledge as it is “the main currency of survival”…