First Lady, Sandra Granger, yesterday met with the management of Demerara Bakery at her office, to discuss possible collaborations in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
According to a Ministry of the Presidency (MoP) press release, the First Lady thanked the officials of the bakery, who included Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Marissa DaCosta-Takrudin; Managing Director, Peter Abai; Human Resources and Marketing Manager, Davindra Lalltoo and Director, Sharmella Chan-Abai, for showing an interest in STEM and suggested that robotics camps be held in the community of Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara where the bakery is located.
“I suggested that they do something within their community, so that the community will see that they are giving back. I think it is always good when we have corporate sponsors and the people among whom they work, know what they are doing,” the First Lady was quoted as saying. “These are Guyanese and Caribbean Companies, they see my projects and decide they would like to make a donation … and I spend that money where they would want it to go and I report to them how their money has been spent,” she further stated.
Mrs Granger also stated that the establishment of camps on the East Bank Demerara will represent the beginning of collaboration between her office and Demerara Bakery. It is expected that within the next few months, camps will be held along the East Bank Demerara. The camps are aimed at teaching the children robotics, at the end of which, they can start their own clubs, the MoP release added.
CEO, DaCosta-Takrudin, said her company admires the work done by Mrs Granger, particularly in the area of technology. “We are pretty impressed with the work the First Lady is doing with her initiatives such as the STEM robotics … we want to be able to partner with her on some of these initiatives and whatever she has in the pipeline for the coming year, we want to give her our full support,” Takrudin was quoted as saying.