GTT, in collaboration with the Bistro Restaurant and in recognition of International Women’s Day, on Thursday hosted a special luncheon for several women who have taken an active role in the development and promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Guyana.Justin Nedd addressing the honorees at the luncheon including First Lady Sandra Granger and Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes at the evening on ThursdayFirst Lady Sandra Granger and of Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes were among the women who were all drawn from the private sector, Government, University of Guyana and CARICOM, and are all integrally involved in an area which traditionally was male -dominated.GTT’s Chief Executive Office Justin Nedd, speaking at the luncheon, highlighted that GTT has taken a leading role in the development of STEM in Guyana. He said women’s “work and roles align perfectly with the Innov8 initiatives of the company.“Our commitment of G$18 million to STEM and internet for all primary schools is demonstrative of this support,” he remarked.Nedd pointed out that the women being honoured stand as great examples of the possibilities and opportunities for girls/women to play key roles in the STEM arena.In response, the honourees expressed their appreciation for the company’s recognition of their roles in STEM.
A student attached to the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) was on Monday afternoon stabbed by his classmate during an argument over a bicycle.The teen was identified as 17-year-old Nikeem Noble of Winkle Road, New Amsterdam, Berbice.New Amsterdam Technical InstituteReports are that Nobel, who rides to school, on two previous occasions found that after leaving his bicycle on the school’s premises, he returned only to find flat tyres. This happened again on Monday.After doing his investigations, he found that it was a classmate who was responsible for the act.He reportedly confronted his peer and an argument ensued which led to a scuffle. It was during the altercation that the suspect pulled out a sharp object from the waist of his pants and stabbed Noble once to his left side chest.A teacher at the school intervened and Nobel was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.Injured Nikeem NobleHe remains a patient at the medical facility. The classmate was apprehended and handed over to the police. Officials at the school were reluctant to offer a comment when contacted by Guyana TimesIn March of this year, a video showed three students being beaten with a belt by a fellow student at the New Amsterdam Technical Institute.Back then, the Education Ministry had emphasised the need for the institute to be a place of non-violence and had recommended frequent assemblies at the institution and that sections of the rules and procedures be discussed at the assemblies.Last month when asked what systems have since been put in place to prevent a reoccurrence, the acting Principal told the media that the school has been following the rules and regulations of the Ministry and they have put systems in place to prevent such instances.The Education Ministry had also said the Institute should launch an anti-bullying campaign to ensure that students are sensitised on the negative effects of bullying and that the Institute is to be declared a “no-bullying” institution.However, when the issue was raised with the school last month, the acting Principal did not say if those measures were implemented.