New industrial arts center in Shulinab to help with construction
The New Zealand government has funded an industrial arts center focusing on carpentry and woodwork in Shulinab, south-central Rupununi, which will allow residents to tap into the construction industry and capitalize on the market by growth in Lethem and Brazil.
The Arts Center was officially introduced to the community by the New Zealand High Commission
Mission Fund on July 4, according to a press release. The center has a specially designed new building and lumber storage facility with power tools imported from the United States, as well as other necessary equipment, tools and accessories that will allow it to operate efficiently and competitively. with other professional carpentry companies in the region.
The arts center is the only one of its kind in central and southern Rupununi and the closest workshop to Lethem where construction activity has been booming since the opening of the Takutu Bridge between Brazil and Guyana, according to the press release. Shulinab is aware that the center has provided them with a unique opportunity to tap into the growing market.
The project builds on the success of a previous industrial arts training center built near the school in 1991 as part of an educational initiative facilitated by a local NGO. The Shulinab training center was a popular and successful operating unit, accommodating six to 10 elementary school students on weekdays (during and after school hours) and, in part thanks to the efforts of a qualified instructor, it now has a higher than average number. young people with basic carpentry skills.
“The goal of the project is to try to prevent our young people from leaving our community,” said Toshao Vibert Ignace. “The new center will provide high quality vocational training and income generation opportunities, but also allow them to participate and contribute to the development of their own community. Ignatius described Shulinab as a progressive community that is always on the lookout for development opportunities that would benefit its members.
Nick Fredericks, board treasurer, explained that the community used this project as an opportunity to learn project management with the support of volunteer technical advisor Eddie Doyle. “We appointed a project team and had regular meetings to monitor the progress of the project. It was a real learning experience for all of us, ”he said.
According to the press release, Roddy Rebeiro and Jason Larose were the two main members of the project team who were involved in all aspects of project design, construction and equipment selection. Both men are eager for the challenge of operating the center. “The first thing we need to do is win a contract to provide school furniture for our community and others near us. We have to prove that we are better than other professional companies, ”said Rebeiro.
“We hope this initiative will be a model for community development in the future, but the right level of technical support is essential for communities to execute and manage these programs in a sustainable manner,” Fredericks said.