President of Guyana, Dr Irfaan Ali, has charged the fresh graduates of the University of Guyana to use the knowledge, skills and values that they have acquired during their tertiary-level education to revolutionise Guyana’s development.
In a pre-recorded video message that was played during their respective graduation ceremonies during the last week, the President pointed to the importance of their university education.
Meanwhile, President Dr Irfaan Ali said that, “You, the graduates of the Class of 2020/2021, have successfully equipped yourself with the most potent arsenal of change: a university education. You must use the knowledge, the skills and the values that you would have acquired to change your personal circumstances and revolutionise Guyana’s development.”
President Ali further noted that Guyana needs expertise, more so because of the transformative drive to not only modernise but to diversify the economy. The President said that his Government would attach “extreme significance” to developing and retaining its highly-skilled and knowledgeable graduates while explaining the significance of tertiary-level education. Your education will provide you the key to the doors and open windows of opportunities for you to contribute to national development.”
The President further added that education must also be used to dismantle the barriers of prejudice, hatred and enmity, which he said can deprive us of being the best we can be.
He argued, “You are the generation in which Guyana’s future resides, and it is you to whom we look to realise ‘One-Guyana’.
Ali added that hi Government believes in the transformative power of education and has devoted increased resources towards improving the country’s education system, including university education. The Government of Guyana is committed to equipping the University of Guyana with the tools needed to respond to the needs of an increasingly knowledge-based society.
President Ali further added, “We are intending to continue to expand the range of university programmes available to students and, by 2025, to guarantee free university education.”