In the face of stunning failures at State level to transform our nation, we must applaud the few citizens who envision and lead private initiatives to make a defining difference for Guyanese.
To self-develop, a person must exercise that crucial essential life-skill of critical thinking.
Citizens concerned about this society want urgent action to rid our communities of crime.
In our quest to create the kind of future we aspire to, we must cultivate the ability to know the root cause of why we are where we are today.
Questions of corruption dog this Government with determined persistence. The list of State projects and shadowy dealings over which huge question marks hang runs long, and problematic.
We fail to audit the real results of our efforts at developing our society.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Facing critical challenges in the Guyanese homeland, like our shortage of skills and lack of a world class human resource capital pool, we need to exercise creative thinking to find solutions.
Our society faces these three crucial, persistent problems as 2013 enters its last quarter.
Walking through the Georgetown Public Hospital becomes an experience of profound despair. The Men’s Surgical Ward, for example, houses ailing men in rooms occupying six beds each, with the concrete floor cold and bare.
Young people across this land tackle their personal development with great faith that they could build a solid future.
We face big challenges that feel impossible to solve, in our efforts to develop the Guyanese civilization.
We imitate the society around us. This social theory, which the French thinker Rene Girard expounds with particular eloquence, explains why we behave the way we do, and why society stumbles into its blind spot of a default future.
Young people, the new generation now coming of adult age, feel they must take responsibility for the state of the society, and launch citizen initiatives to solve crushing problems.
Cultivating the Guyanese society calls for a keen sense of where we’re at, and where we could be as a nation.
Below the surface in our society so much happens. Secrets abound. People speculate.
Scanning our society for the focal point, the cornerstone of our development potential, the foundation pillar on which we build everything else, the critical key that allows our people to develop into a world class society, we come to one answer: our people.
Without strong reading and writing skills, we cannot develop this nation. We may build massive hotels on the edge of the ocean with imported Chinese labour, but we cannot harbour a refined culture, cultivate our creative energy, or reap intellectual innovation, if our reading and writing remains poor.
Tales of poor literacy skills in this country fail to move Government with the urgency that this emergency requires.
“There is a literacy problem in Guyana. Indeed it is estimated that there is a 21 percent rate of absolute literacy in Guyana, and an overall functional literacy rate that is just over 50 percent.
Facing our society’s vice-grip of gross illiteracy, with the Education Ministry failing to install a sound literacy strategy, citizens must confront our social decay before the rot becomes unworkable.
Our 47th anniversary of political Independence from Britain, observed last Sunday, saw most Guyanese shrug their shoulders in resigned abandon.
Our nation sits in a slump, a sort of non-progressive stupor, and those who care talk of change.
Raphael Trotman’s call for a Council of Elders to mediate decency and good sense in our nation, as inspiring as the idea is, does not consider the contribution, talent and wisdom of our gifted young.
We must encourage and propel, in every possible way, the critical need for the education system to put literacy first.