MESSAGE BY THE PNCR LEADER, BRIGADIER DAVID GRANGER, ON THE OCCASION OF THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PARTY



The People’s National Congress Reform celebrates the 55th anniversary of its founding on 5th October 1957 with pride and satisfaction. Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham – our Founder-Leader – in one of the earliest and clearest policy declarations, stated:

“The object of the People’s National Congress will be to develop the resources of Guiana, both natural and human, for the good and happiness of the Guianese people; to increase the productivity of Guiana; to ensure the fair distribution of the wealth and produce of our country; to give security to all and to establish real equality of opportunity. For us, education is the cornerstone of equality and one of the chief instruments for the abolition of snobbery, the removal of discrimination, the development of creative beings and the production of a race of men who will never surrender to mediocrity or dictatorship of any kind.”

The need “to establish real equality of opportunity” is as dire today as it was 55 years ago. Our Party’s commitment today and its challenge in the future, therefore, is to rebuild the national education system so that every Guyanese child can receive a good education.

The PNCR is proud of its achievements in education while in Government. It expanded educational opportunities by constructing the University of Guyana and the Cyril Potter College of Education campuses; by building multilateral, primary, secondary and community high schools in rural and hinterland regions; by inaugurating a comprehensive programme of scholarships; by increasing the number of school places; by producing and distributing textbooks and by introducing free education from nursery to university.

The PNCR today is conscious of the economic, social and political challenges which still confront the nation. We, therefore, renew our commitment to continue to work towards improving access to education and towards ensuring equality of opportunity for all. Inspired by the correct policies of our founders, we shall continue their work to build a country where everyone can enjoy a good life.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Thursday 4th October 2012

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