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Visiting Guyanese Teachers support children in Soweto

By Claire Hunte

21 October 2019

As customary, many guided tours to Soweto include a visit to the Elias Motsoaledi Pre-school and daycare.  

Photo: Dr Cyril Kenrick Hunte, High Commissioner of Guyana and Mrs. Claire Hunte interacting with the children of the school

This was the case last winter, when three Guyanese teachers who reside in the United States visited South Africa during their summer vacation. They noted the challenges that the teachers faced with the lack of adequate teaching and learning materials and facilities, when compared to their own experiences. Driven by their zeal to make a difference, upon their return to the U. S., they shared their story with family members, friends and other colleagues and received financial support on behalf of the children.

(pic1) Mrs Claire Hunte at the school and (pic2) The 3 visiting teachers from Guyana

Through the Guyana High Commission (GHC), items to enhance learning for Math and Reading such as workbooks, props and visual aids; craft and stationery items; as well as hygiene products were purchased with the funding that these teachers provided.

The GHC has since coordinated this project and during the winter season, Mrs. Claire Hunte, spouse of the High Commissioner, Dr. Cyril Hunte, taught members of the local community and members of the support Staff at the High Commission to make no-sew (not requiring a sewing machine) fleece blankets for these children. This sharing and learning project proved to be very successful and rewarding. Not only did the children receive these much-needed blankets and sponge beds for the winter season; but those who learned the skill of making no-sew blankets were able to transfer their newly acquired skills to family members, accomplishing the Chinese proverb, “give me a fish and I eat for a day, teach me to fish and I eat for a life time.”

The no-sew blankets

Some of the blankets were delivered on Friday, June 14th, two days before the date that is commemorated as “Youth Day” for sharing and learning, as a tribute to Hector Pieterson and the many other school children who were massacred during the protest march in Soweto on June 16th, 1976. 

High Commissioner Dr. Hunte, Mrs. Claire Hunte and High Commission employees, who provide support for language translation, frequently visit the facilities and deliver additional materials. Mrs. Hunte, a teacher by profession, holds a Master’s degree in Education and has been demonstrating and supporting the Pre-school teachers with their instruction.

Contributing to the education of these children will be an on-going project for the Guyana High Commission as in the words of President Mandela, “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation.  They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people”. The Guyana High Commission is grateful for the continuing support by Counselor Lady G-Badi, who has commended all efforts on behalf of the children.




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