400 children in Paramakatoi feted

first_imgHundreds of excited little faces filled the auditorium of the newly constructed Paramakatoi Primary School on Saturday as they eagerly awaited the arrival of Social Protection Minister Amna Ally and Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, who came bearing gifts for the festive season.Look what Santa brought us! Excited faces of two children at ParamakatoiThe gathering, which comprised not only children but also teachers and parents as well, was entertained by melodious voices of the children as they recited Christmas poems and carols to thunderous applause.Though time was not in their favour as the aircraft awaited their return, Minister Ally spoke briefly to Guyana Times, pointing out that the gift giving exercise is a yearly feature, but it is the first time the programme has been extended to Paramakatoi.“It’s something we do every year end and we are visiting all 10 regions, this is the second. We went to Leguan (Essequibo River) yesterday (Friday). We launched there. I think we are going to Arnaputa (Region Nine) tomorrow (today).”When asked if the children should expect a similar event come 2018, the Minister indicated that different areas are targeted annually with the aim of covering communities in all 10 regions.Also speaking at the conclusion of the hour-long proceeding was headmistress of Paramakatoi Primary School, Cathy Simon, who conveyed her undying appreciation to the Ministers on behalf of the community at large for the successful hosting of an event – the very first of its kind.Little smiling faces hugged their presents and exited the auditorium as they made their way into the school’s kitchen to indulge in a well prepared and scrumptious special Christmas lunch. (Paula Gomes)last_img read more