Georgetown, Guyana – (September 30, 2017) Siparuta, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) villagers, on Friday, turned out in their numbers for a sensitisation workshop hosted by the Ministry of Social Cohesion. During the workshop, Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. George Norton, also sought to address some needs within the community and he announced that a water ambulance will soon be docked at Siparuta to respond to emergencies there and at Orealla. The Minister also committed to raising concerns about sanitation and kitchen facilities at the nursery school with the relevant Ministers when he returns to the city.

Dr. Norton also said that social cohesion acknowledges and celebrates cultural differences, even as it promotes co-operation, and he lauded the villagers for taking steps to ensure that the younger generation is involved in the rich Heritage Day celebrations. At the same time, he urged the youths to make education their priority even as he said that he is pleased that they continue to engage in meaningful activities such as sport.

In response to a request from Mr. Kingsley Huston for a football and volleyball coach to be dispatched to the communities, Minister Norton said that now that he has been tasked with executing the mandate for Youth and Sport he will ensure that the players are given an opportunity to enhance their skills.

“I am going to make certain that a coach is here. If you can find the coach here we are going to employ him rather than to bring him from the coast,” he said. The Minister then noted that four of the community’s young footballers will be joining the Guyana football team and will have an opportunity to play internationally.

At the close of the session, the Minister distributed a quantity of footballs and volleyballs to the Siparuta clubs.

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