The First Lady of Guyana has confirmed 100 scholarships for Indigenous women in the hinterland to be trained through the Atlantic Alliance Maritime and Onshore Training Institute. The aim of the scholarship program is to position women in Indigenous communities to benefit from the oil and gas sector through technical training in the maritime sector and offshore industry. The first batch of approximately 20 women from various communities in Region One has now graduated from the program.
On Saturday, the women received their certificates of completion from the Atlantic Alliance Maritime and Onshore Training Institute. This marks a significant milestone for the program, as it demonstrates the success of the First Lady’s initiative in promoting women’s empowerment and creating opportunities for women in traditionally marginalized communities.
The Atlantic Alliance Maritime and Onshore Training Institute is a reputable institution accredited by Guyana’s Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) and the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ). This means that the institute’s training is recognized locally and internationally, and the graduates are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter the maritime sector and offshore industry.
The oil and gas sector is an important industry in Guyana and is expected to continue growing in the coming years. The First Lady’s scholarship program aims to ensure that women from indigenous communities are not left behind in this economic development but rather are given the tools and opportunities to participate fully in the industry.
“I also urge you to try to create the type of society you want to live in. Exist in a way that could change society radically. It is very important that we provide you with these opportunities which allow you to maximise your potential in every aspect of your life,” said the First Lady, Arya Ali
The program is also significant in that it challenges traditional gender roles and expectations. By encouraging women to pursue technical training in the maritime sector and offshore industry, the program is breaking down barriers and stereotypes that have traditionally prevented women from entering these fields.
The success of the program’s first batch of graduates is a testament to the importance of investing in women’s education and empowerment. By providing scholarships and training opportunities, the First Lady empowers individual women and creates ripple effects throughout their communities and beyond. As these women enter the workforce and become leaders in their communities, they will inspire and empower others, creating a positive cycle of change and progress.