Volunteer Youth Corps Inc. (VYC) announced Thursday that ExxonMobil Guyana has provided more than GYD 15 million to fund its Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) education afterschool Program for the 2020-21 school year, in Guyana.
This new commitment, that is part of an ongoing cooperation between VYC and ExxonMobil, will fund online programs to reach children during COVID-related shutdowns. VYC then hopes to transition to hands-on afterschool lessons once the country returns to normalcy.
VYC rose to the challenge of the pandemic-related shutdowns to connect students online via ZOOM or other platforms as well as provide laptops and other devices to students who did not have them. Teachers have been equipped to teach their classes online safely from their own homes.
“Volunteer Youth Corps Inc. anticipates the program will still be able to achieve its objective to improve the skills and general educational competence of high school students through exciting and fun ways,” VYC’s CEO, Goldie Scott said.
Some 500+ high school students at 11 high schools, including VYC’s Academy in Georgetown, will benefit from the programmes in the upcoming school year. Since 2012, ExxonMobil has contributed more than GY$74 million to VYC STEM afterschool education program.
“ExxonMobil Guyana is proud to partner with VYC to enable Guyanese students to keep up with their lessons during these challenging times,” said Deedra Moe, Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs at ExxonMobil Guyana. “Educating our youth develops the leaders of tomorrow, and STEM plays a critical role.”
The Volunteer Youth Corps Inc. (VYC) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth through access to quality education and social services in Guyana