The First Lady of the Republic of Guyana, Mrs. Sandra Granger says parents have a vital role to play in the lives of their children. She stated that parents must demonstrate the values and virtues that they wish to see their children emulate, which can contribute to the development of a more genial and cohesive society. These remarks were made at the opening of the Salvation Army Women Ministries annual funfair at the Guyana Girls Guides Ground, Brickdam.
“A child who grows surrounded by violence… will believe that violence is normal and acceptable…. [while] a child who is taught discipline will recognize the value of rules and regulations,”
At the fair hosted under the theme “Today’s Children, tomorrow’s Leaders”, the first lady also emphasized the importance of education to a child’s development as it impacts directly a child’s ability to be a productive citizen.She added that children must be literate, numerate and have the knowledge of Information Communication Technology.
The Salvation Army Women Ministries Funfair is held annually to raise funds for the Salvation Army’s School Feeding Programme. Major Mireille Saint-Lot, Divisional Director of the Women’s Ministries said that initially the feeding programme catered for elderly persons, but was expanded to include children. It provides 50 hot meals daily for children attending schools in Georgetown.