For Guyana to enhance and raise the standards of its educational sector, formal training of educational leaders is critical.These sentiments were expressed by Education Minister Nicolette Henry, during the opening ceremony of a three-day educational leadership conference hosted by the Education Ministry, which is aimed at improving the leadership qualities of educational leaders.Some of the participants engaged in discussion at the opening ceremony of the education leadership conferenceSpeaking at the event, which was hosted at the Roraima Duke Lodge on Monday under the theme, “Leading schools in a changing world and the challenges change brings with holding people to account”, Minister Henry emphasised the need for such an initiative and the fact it has finally been made a reality. Her keynote address focused on leadership and qualities which govern this skill.“I recognise that many persons may not have had the opportunity to benefit from formal training on leadership and so that training provides that opportunity and support that is needed for you to optimise performance. Having the foundational knowledge of leadership perspectives and system thinking provides an opportunity to improve your own leadership skills and resources,” she stated.Persons who attended the event were urged to utilise the advice and training given to improve their skills when educating others. The Minister explained that this conference was expected to modify certain aspects of the sector that were suited to tackling the changes of society.Henry noted that it was also expected that the leadership conference would set the pace for the much-needed change necessary in education today.“With so many evolving changes in education, it is the role of new leaders within the field to inspire great changes for the individuals, the community, and the world,” she added.In giving her opinion on the qualities of a good leader, Henry advised participants to display motivation, which was the most critical factor, highlighting that the creation of good leaders began with the modification of training of teachers and the implementation of a system-thinking approach.“The most profound aspect of effective leadership is ability to motivate others to enact change. This is not an act that occurs with leadership, but it is an act that contributes to effective leadership,” she said.Facilitator of the workshop, Dennise Hilliman, who shared remarks, stated that while the training was one that would not have a major impact “overnight”, it certainly would aid in the long-term benefits of good quality education.According to her, the world is considered to be more dangerous with increased life expectancy and virtual reality among the burgeoning issues. With this, she emphasised the need for teachers to maximise the use of their instructional time towards effective goals, since the task of educating children happened only once.Additionally, three panellists were featured and more advice given on the calibre of persons who would be considered inspirational leaders, with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG), Professor Ivelaw Griffith cited as an example.Meanwhile, head teachers and other education officials from all the administrative regions of Guyana took the opportunity to participate in the activities to further improve their performance. They are expected to implement these new skills upon their return to the various communities.In 2018, great priority was placed on education with a large percentage of the budget allocated towards the sector.The training exercise for the next three days is expected to provide participants with foundational information on educational concepts, theories, and approaches that are frequently utilised in the delivery of education. In the future, the Ministry is hoping to have this programme delivered to all teachers in Guyana so that teachers can explore the perspectives of teaching.
Los Osos vs. Carter Site: Carter HSTime: 7 p.m.Records: Los Osos 3-1; Carter 2-2Outlook: A quick glance at Carter’s rushing statistics show a remarkably balanced attack. The Lions have three runners with more than 300 rushing yards, but Carter coach Mike Churchill said the numbers are a little deceiving. Work horse Cetris Morris has 313 yards and seven touchdowns, compiled through four consistent performances. But that’s not the case for the other two runners. “The irony of the thing is that they’ve gotten almost their total in different games,” Churchill said. “It’s feast or famine – do a lot or don’t do anything.” Indeed, Dorian Penn got 215 of his 340 yards against Riverside Rubidoux, and sophomore quarterback Khalid Wooten ran for 206 of his 303 rushing yards in a loss to Cathedral City. “It’s certainly not by design,” Churchill said. Los Osos coach Tom Martinez is quite aware of the Lions’ running threats. “We’ve impressed on our kids that it only takes one play, and they score,” he said. “They have good skill players; we need to contain them.” The Grizzlies, led by the air attack of quarterback Mike Anderson (673 yards, 4 TDs), are coming off their first loss of the season, a 14-7 setback to Chino Hills. Donny Lopiccolo (team-high 26 tackles) and Tyler Rogina (five sacks) are the main Los Osos hopes to stop Carter’s running game. Garey vs. Pomona Site: Ganesha HSTime: 7 p.m.Records: Garey 1-3; Pomona 1-3Outlook: This rivalry game has taken on an extra meaning because both teams have struggled to start the season. The squads aren’t just playing for bragging rights; they’d just be happy with a win. Garey finally has some momentum after picking up its first win last week, a 21-0 win over Ganesha in which the Vikings topped their point total from the previous three games combined. The team has still scored just 34 points on the season, but first-year Garey coach Jason Albaugh said the offense is starting to come around. “We have a new offense and a new defense, and the offense always taks a little more time,” Albaugh said. Vikings to watch include running back James Williams, two-way player Jonathon Levya, senior offensive lineman Robert Aquino and defenders Ernie Ramirez and Eddie Priciado. Meanwhile, Pomona coach Leonard Hudson said the Red Devils will have some “new looks” on offense this week after shuffling a few positions. “It’s a work in progress,” Hudson said. “We’ve been lacking when it comes to playing a full game. We’re working on putting the dagger in.” Pomona QB Kelly Johnson has 445 passing yards and RB Rodney Alford has rushed for 385 yards and five TDs this season. Bonita vs. San Dimas Site: San Dimas HSTime: 7 p.m.Records: Bonita 4-0; San Dimas 0-4Outlook: There haven’t been too many blowouts in the 33-game history of the Smudge Pot game, so the records in this one might not indicate the results. Bonita has gotten off to a great start, averaging more than 30 points per game and allowing just 16.5 on defense. San Dimas has played a tough schedule (combined record of opponents so far is 12-4) and the coaches are hoping the Saints have been battle-tested. The weak spot might be the defense that has allowed 173 points in four games this season. RBs Tim Rollins and Ryan Richard split the carries for San Dimas, with each averaging more than 5 yards per carry. QB Eric Samples is also the kicker. “We can’t try to do too much, because that’s when you make mistakes,” Saints coach Bill Zernickow said. “We can’t let them get easy scores.” Bonita quarterback Curtis Gold has passed for more than 200 yards in each game this season, and already is approaching 1,000 after four games. Six different receivers have caught touchdowns for the Bearcats this season, led by Phil Aquayo (20 catches for 267 yards, 4 TDs) and Mike McDonald (21 catches for 221 yards, 3 TDs). Do-it-all Bearcat Pablo Garay leads the team in tackles, rushing yards and scoring (he’s also the team’s kicker). Damien vs. Bellflower St. John Bosco AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Site: St. John Bosco HSTime: 7:30 p.m.Records: Damien 3-1; St. John Bosco 2-2Outlook: There wasn’t too much time for Damien to worry about its first loss of the season, a 31-3 loss to Bishop Amat last week. Bellflower St. John Bosco didn’t have a chance to fret either, after losing 30-3 to Valencia. After all, there isn’t shame in losing to Bishop Amat (No. 10 in Div. I) or Valencia (No. 2 in Div. II). But with both teams falling in their upset quests, neither wants to lose again this week. The best way for Damien to avoid a loss would be to shut down the running threat of Lawrence Doss, who already has 397 yards on 61 carries this season, and continue the struggles of Braves QB David Mahr, who has thrown six INTs against just one TD. Damien also wants to avoid Andrew Aquila’s leg: the Bosco kicker has booted eight FGs with a long of 51 yards. Meanwhile, the Spartans’ Patrick Coke has rushed for 415 yards (although he had only 15 last week), and Chris Lucero has anchored the Damien defense with 36 tackles. Colony vs. Upland Site: Upland HSTime: 7 p.m.Records: Colony 3-1; Upland 3-1Outlook: After suffering a one-point loss in their season-opener, Upland hasn’t even played a close game, winning by an average of 37 points. This is another game as part of Colony’s upgraded schedule, the second Baseline League opponent this year. Colony lost to Alta Loma, 26-7 two weeks ago. Derrick Smith has paced the speedy Colony rushing attack, averaging more than 9.1 yards per carry and scoring four touchdowns to go along with 336 rushing yards. Omar Bolden isn’t far behind, with 8.8 yards per carry, two touchdowns and 325 rushing yards. Upland has been effective through the air this year, with QB Bryan Harding throwing for 818 yards (9 TDs, 3 INTs), and Adolph Overstreet and John Reese combining for nine TD receptions. Etiwanda vs. Diamond Bar Site: Diamond Bar HSTime: 7 p.m.Records: Etiwanda 1-3; Diamond Bar 3-0-1Outlook: A week after winning its first game in two seasons, Etiwanda couldn’t quite stay with Chino Hills, as the Huskies scored the final two TDs in a 42-21 victory. Allyn Fontenot has rushed for 475 yards and four TDs to lead the Eagles. Diamond Bar is undefeated this season, but needed Daniel Torres’ 36-yard FG against Walnut last week to escape with a 24-21 victory. Joe Beaudion rushed for 462 yards and three TDs to lead the Brahmas. QB Jeff Jansen has not thrown an INT this season, tossing eight TDs to go along with his 704 yards. – Compiled by Jeff Gluck and Pete Marshall Tonight’s other games: (All games 7 p.m. except where indicated) Citrus Belt League Eisenhower at A.B. Miller, 7:30 p.m. Rialto at Fontana, 7:30 p.m. Nonleague Alta Loma at Walnut Charter Oak at Claremont Ayala at West Covina Ganesha vs. Chino Hills at Ayala HS San Bernardino at Chaffey Diamond Ranch vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium Santa Ana Valley vs. Don Lugo at Chino HS Sultana at Montclair Jurupa Valley vs. Ontario at Colony HS Sunny Hills at Ontario Christian 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!