Category Archives: Education

Kelly Hyles returns home for Jubilee Celebrations – Gives advice to students – video

Kelly Hyles returns home for Jubilee Celebrations – Gives advice to students… Never let circumstances hinder your success. 

Published on May 23, 2016 – A brilliant Guyanese teenager – Kelly Hyles – who has excelled academically in the US, has returned home for the Jubilee celebrations. She’s encouraging Guyanese students to never let circumstances hinder their success.  She will attend Harvard University in September.
Read news report from the Daily Mail newspaper below:

Guyanese immigrant Kelly Hyles, raised by single mother working two jobs gets accepted by 21 colleges including all eight Ivy League schools  [Daily Mail]

  • Kelly Hyles came to New York from Guyana back in 2009 aged just 11
  • Mother Anetta got two jobs working 15 hours per day to support her   Continue reading

Draw your future – Take control of your life – TED Talk video

Draw your future – Take control of your life – TED Talk video

Published on Mar 27, 2015

Ted Talks Featuring the amazing Patti Dobrowolski

GIHR- Guyana Institute of Historical Research News – Independence Edition 2016


The Guyana Institute of Historical Research congratulates the Government and people of Guyana on this country’s 50 years of political independence (26 May 1966-26 May 2016)

In this issue:

  1. Independence        3
  2. Guyana: Freedom Year 4
  3. Winifred Gaskin 7
  4. Guyana: 50 Years ago 10
  5. President David Granger on Political Independence     19
  6. Bibliography on the works of Dr. Perry Mars 23
  7. Prime Ministers since 1966     28

DOWNLOAD HERE   GIHR News Independence 2016 Edition

Diaspora Times Magazine – The Independence Issue – May 2016

Diaspora Times Magazine – The Independence Issue – May 2016:  Click here> – DIASPORA TIMES

Diaspora Times May 2016

Chris Prashad – “A glimpse through the windows of my life!” + ‘Praise to my Mom & Dad – video

Praise to my Mom & Dad – video by Chris Prashad 

Bio of Chris Prashad – “A glimpse through the windows of my life!”

Chris Prashad

Chris Prashad

Hello I’m Chris Prashad and for those of you who do not know much about me I will try my best to paint a word portrait of my true self (no fiction) and hopefully through this medium, inspire you to take the reins firmly in your hands and change your outlook in life for the better henceforth.

You shall have just a glimpse through the windows of my life, what it was like growing up as I did, the hurdles I faced and overcame, my hopes and aspirations then, my music, and the real me. I will leave my siblings and my own family out of this as they too have their own unique stories to tell.  [Read more]

Who are we away from ‘home’? A View of Diaspora Identity – By Lear Matthews

Who are we away from ‘home’? A View of Diaspora Identity

Opinion - commentary -analysisBy Lear Matthews

Participants in Guyana’s Golden Jubilee Symposium Series will explore four interrelated questions: Who are we? What has been our journey? What can we become? How can we get there? In this article, the writer interrogates the first question: “Who are we”? specifically as it relates to the Diaspora (i.e. Guyanese immigrants). My goal is to begin the conversation.

Diaspora Identity: How is it shaped?

The experience of the immigrant community can be both gratifying and challenging, characterized by opportunities and risks. Adaptation and identity are shaped by trans-cultural and psychological factors, including the extent of social/emotional place attachment to country of origin.  Bi-national labels such as Caribbean-American, a function of sustained links to the homeland, may reflect ethnic grounding and national pride. In this regard, cultural practices/customs among immigrants demonstrate expressed identification with the home country.        Continue reading

“CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME” – Presentation by Maj.Gen. (retd) Joseph Singh, MSS


Presentation by Major General (retd) Joseph Singh, MSS

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

at the Marian Academy, during the visit of Cardinal Claudio Hummes of Brazil

The Timing and Significance of the Pope’s Encyclical: Laudato Si! (Praise be to you!)

It is entirely appropriate that His Holiness the Pope would have issued his Encyclical: Laudato Si!on May 24,2015 just six months prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties No 21, held in Paris from November 30th to December 12th, 2015.The Conference was convened to agree on the action to be taken by the global community of Nations on Caring for the Planet we call Home, with emphasis on the mitigation of and adaption to the impacts of Climate Change.

It is generally agreed that we have been negligent in our stewardship of the resources with which the planet has been endowed – its natural capital. My interpretation of His Holiness the Pope’s encyclical is that it courageously goes beyond an assessment of the state of the environment (which tends to be the main focus of scientists and world leaders at the Climate Change Conferences) and addresses an Inconvenient Truth – that the state of the environment is a physical manifestation of systemic flaws in our human relationships and in our values and ethics. By transforming ourselves, we can reshape our relationship with our environment into one of global citizens truly caring for our common home.

Read more: MG’s presentation on – Caring for Our Common Home, April 21st 2016

Guyana Teen Gets Into 21 Universities in the USA, Including All 8 Ivy Leagues

High School Senior From Immigrant Family Got Into Every Ivy League

Kimberly Yam Associate Editor, Good News, The Huffington Post – 04/26/2016

All those years of hitting the books paid off for one accomplished high school senior. 

Kelly Hyles

Kelly Hyles

Kelly Hyles, a senior at the selective High School for Math, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York, was recently accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. The student, who came to the US from Guyana when she was 11 years old, told she’s been in shock since receiving the good news.

“I was really happy. I’m still in disbelief. I am so grateful,” she said.

In addition to all the Ivies, Hyles also received acceptance letters to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University, reported. In total, she was accepted to a staggering 21 schools. What’s more, she told Pix11 that, for the most part, she’ll get a free ride to any college she chooses to attend.  Continue reading

Dr. Karen Godette- She Rocks! Guyanese heads Oncology Dept. in Atlanta…

Subject: She Rocks! Guyanese heads Oncology Dept. in Atlanta…
She Rocks! Dr. Karen Godette, Associate Professor & Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta


Dr. Karen Godette

Karen Godette, MD, is a board certified radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Godette practices general radiation oncology and specializes in breast and gynecological malignancies, prostate cancer and soft tissue sarcoma. Within these areas, her expertise is brachytherapy.

Dr. Godette treats patients at Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown where she has served as medical director since 2001. Winship Cancer Institute is Georgia’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center and has over 250 active clinical trials. Winship is ranked among the top 25 cancer hospitals in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.   Continue reading

Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown University. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? –

""272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown University. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? –

In 1838, the Jesuit priests who ran the country’s top Catholic university needed money to keep it alive. Now comes the task of making amends.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University

By RACHEL L. SWARNS – APRIL 16, 2016 – NY Times
WASHINGTON — The human cargo was loaded on ships at a bustling wharf in the nation’s capital, destined for the plantations of the Deep South. Some slaves pleaded for rosaries as they were rounded up, praying for deliverance.

But on this day, in the fall of 1838, no one was spared: not the 2-month-old baby and her mother, not the field hands, not the shoemaker and not Cornelius Hawkins, who was about 13 years old when he was forced onboard.

Their panic and desperation would be mostly forgotten for more than a century. But this was no ordinary slave sale. The enslaved African-Americans had belonged to the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests. And they were sold, along with scores of others, to help secure the future of the premier Catholic institution of higher learning at the time, known today as Georgetown University.   Continue reading


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