01 jun Ministry pledges $6m to STEM Guyana team
First Lady, Sandra Granger yesterday received a cheque for $636,000 from Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry on behalf of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Guyana.
A release from the Ministry of the Presidency said that this sum, which is the first instalment of a total pledge of $6,000,000, will assist in purchasing the Robotics kit for the team as they prepare to compete in the First Global Robotics Championship set for Mexico from August 16-18, 2018.
The presentation ceremony was held at the Office of the First Lady at State House.
The release said that Henry has offered her support to the team and extended her best wishes for their success.
“Thank you for giving us the opportunity… to partner with STEM Guyana. We believe it’s a wonderful programme and we are more than excited to provide support and opportunity for our young people… For those of you who are going this year, I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing Guyana shine again,” she said.
Team Mentor, Farnaz Baksh thanked both Henry and Mrs. Granger for their support. “We’re very thankful… Last year, they were… one of the first supporters to help us and make the journey successful… and this year they have done that again. So, we do commend them and we do appreciate all that they have done, both financially and [morally],” she said.
This is the second year that STEM Guyana has received support from the Ministry of Education, which provided funds for the team’s participation in last year’s Robotics Olympics competition in the US.