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Guyana education program

In the first four months of 2014, the Volunteer Youth Corps in Georgetown, Guyana, engaged hundreds of students in a variety of learning programs.

The Volunteer Youth Corps, a non-profit organization in Georgetown, Guyana, is providing an after school interactive math and science project for at-risk youth, with funding from ExxonMobil.

The project targets students in grades 9 and 10 who struggle in math and science. During the first four months of 2014, the group offered a diverse range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational activities, including:

  • An expansion of the after-school project to four additional locations, accommodating hundreds of students from more than 15 high schools in two of Guyana’s most populated regions;
  • Practical lessons three days a week in math, physics, chemistry, integrated science, English and information technology;
  • A field trip to a local ecological facility, where students explored the history of the area and observed plants and animal species;
  • A three-day spring science camp at an environmental facility, allowing students to study the natural environment in a fun and practical way.

“One of the key highlights of the science camp was ExxonMobil geologist Fritz Merz’s presentation on the scientific principles related to oil and gas,” says Volunteer Youth Corps CEO Goldie Scott. “He enthusiastically demonstrated how fossil fuels are extracted from rocks and how the entire process involves STEM education.”