– Minister Dawn Hasting-Williams urges youths to make education a priorityFifty grade six students preparing to enter secondary school in early September successfully completed the six weeks’ Republic Bank Summer Camp, and graduated last weekend during an impressive ceremony hosted by the ten cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS.The twelve top students pose with Minister Dawn Hasting-Williams and Republic Bank Manager Eon Grant”Minister of Public Affairs, Hon Dawn Hasting-Williams, was Guest Speaker at the event, which was also attended by Manager Eon Grant of the Republic Bank’s Rose Hall Town Branch, executives and members of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS and parents of the students.Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, Hilbert Foster, presented a comprehensive report on the camp, which started in early July with sixty students registered. Ten students failed to complete the camp due to several reasons, but Foster hailed the 2018 camp as the best ever due to the hard work and commitment of Director Damon Vantull.The main objectives of the Republic Bank’s Summer Camp are to make sure that the students make a successful transition from primary to secondary, to promote the club’s Say No/Say Yes message, and to assist the students to understand their roles as mentors.Foster praised the outstanding work of Camp Director Damon Vantull and Asst Secretary Simon Naidu, for their efforts in making the camp successful. Vantull, a former Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club member, volunteered his services, and assembled a battery of educators across Guyana to teach the students on a wide variety of subjects, including Maths, English A, English B, Social Studies, Information Technology, Geography and Agriculture Science.The students were also involved in a wide range of career lectures from several prominent Guyanese, including Attorney-at-Law Charles Ramson Jnr, Asst Commander of Police ‘B’ Division, and an officer of Republic Bank. Vantull also conducted sessions with the youths on topics such as Suicide, Drug Abuse, Importance of Discipline and Personal Hygiene. The students were also involved in several sporting sessions as well.Minister Dawn Hasting-Williams, in an inspirational feature address, spoke widely on the importance of education and the role it plays in the lives of youths. Education, she stated, open doors of opportunities, and she urged the youths to take advantage of Government’s investment in the educational system.She spoke broadly of President David Granger’s efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of students via his Five ‘Bs’ Campaign, which are boats, bicycles, books, breakfast and buses. She congratulated the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club on the outstanding work it is doing among youths in Berbice, and urged others to emulate the Medal of Service awardee.Republic Bank Manager Eon Grant stated that the Bank was pleased to be associated with the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, and congratulated the graduates for successfully completing the camp. Republic Bank, he stated, strongly believes in investing in education, sports and culture.Allan Bangari copped the Top Student Award, with Antowne Walters, Divya Singh, Kamini Looknauth, Ashmini Brijbasi, Leah Puran, Annah Puran, Noel Lewis, Delena Marks, Divy Gwalani, Avinash Kessa and Seeta Budraj completed the top twelve students who received special prizes. Bangari collected a bicycle, trophy and medal, while each student at the camp received a school bag from the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club Patron’s Fund.