Georgetown, Guyana (October 13, 2017) First Lady, Mrs. Sanda Granger, this morning, announced that the long anticipated Trainer of Trainers Programme for her Self-Reliance and Success in Business workshop will get underway this November. The First Lady made the announcement at the closing cermony of the 21st such workshop, which was held in Mocha-Arcadia this week.

“We’re going to have… over 65 persons… and we will train them so that they can go back into the communities and train other women in their areas… They will come, they will spend their time together, learn, and then they will [take the programme] back to their communities,” the First Lady said. She said that the two sessions of the Trainer of Trainers programme will be held in Georgetown from November 6-17.

Turning to the 40 women, who successfully completed the Mocha-Arcadia weeklong workshop, the First Lady congratulated them and encouraged them to use their talents to create a better life for themselves and their families. “Every closing of a workshop of this nature is a moment of excitement for me because it tells me that the women of Guyana are not standing still and [that] they’re beginning to think outside the box. We recognise that women throughout the length and breadth of Guyana… have the talent and they can move things forward,” she said.

The graduates, overcome with gratitude, surprised the First Lady and Facilitator from Interweave Solutions (Guyana) Incorporated, Mr. Sanjay Pooran by singing their version of ‘To Sir with Love’ and Betty Wright’s ‘Thank You for the Many Things You’ve Done”. First Lady and Mr. Pooran, who was moved to tears, were embraced warmly by the graduates during the performance.

Graduate, Ms, Nicola Baker, explained why the participants were moved to do such a grand gesture of thanks. “This is the first programme like this [that] we’ve ever had in Mocha and Mr. [Pooran], he was excellent for the four days that we’ve been together… We decided that we have to give back something… We came together with ‘DJ Anne’ and we decided that we were going to do this [and] that it would be something that they would remember when they leave Mocha,” she said.

Minister within the Ministry of the Presidency, with responsibility for Public Affairs, Ms. Dawn Hastings-Williams, Attorney-at-Law, Mr. James Bond and Senior Elder of the Mocha-Arcadia Seventh Day Adventist Church, Mr. Carl Demattos were also in attendance. The closing ceremony featured a skit written by graduate, Ms. Anne Baker and an original poem written by graduate, Ms. Valerie Martin. With the addition of these graduates, the Self-Reliance workshop has now trained 750 women and men from across all the administrative regions in Guyana.

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