Upper Takatu/Upper Essequibo children participate in the region’s Children’s Mash parade
The streets of Lethem came alive when approximately 356 primary and secondary school students, tramped along the main street, from the Airport Junction into the Lethem Wadapna Community Ground for the region’s Children’s Mash Competition.
Earlier that day, persons were entertained by students from the Nursery level who paraded from the Republic Bank Junction to the Takatu Gas Station Square. One of the main organisers, Region Nine’s School Welfare Officer, Mattias Thomas told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the annual event was one of the mainstays of the Region (Upper Takatu, Upper Essequibo) Mashramani activities.
The primary schools participating in this year’s event were Annai, Arapaima, St Ignatius, Parikwaranau, and Potarinau. Meanwhile, at the secondary level, Parikwaranau, Sand Creek, North Annai and St Ignatius participated.
The schools competed for trophies provided by the Education Ministry and the region’s business community. St Ignatius and Annai Nurseries took first and second place. At the primary level, St Ignatius, Arapaima, Annai, Kumu were placed first, second, third and fourth respectively. In the secondary school category, St Ignatius prevailed taking the first prize while Annai came second and Sand Creek third.
Other competitions are slated for the latter part February, which include a Spelling Bee and General Knowledge Quiz, Thomas stated.