My journey to the CIE began in Hosororo, a remote Amerindian village situated in the North West region of Guyana.  At the age of eleven I was awarded a government scholarship to pursue secondary education in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city.  I became strongly influenced by the educational and cultural dynamics found in the multi-ethnic student population and the city environs,always maintained consciousness of my identity as an indigenous person.


Prior to starting my undergraduate degree at the University of Guyana (UG), I worked as a high-school teacher among the Macushi and Wapishana peoples in the Rupununi, a broad savannah on the Brazilian frontier and deep in the interior of Guyana.  In 1993, I received a Master’s Degree in History from UG, having completed my dissertation on Guyana’s first Amerindian legislator


During my fourteen years as a researcher in the Amerindian Research Unit at UG, I was mainly engaged in ethnographic research activities that focused on Amerindian life and culture. But I was able to find many opportunities to be involved in development-related work, whether it was in an advisory capacity, or more directly as a project coordinator or trainer.  From 1992 to 1998, I served as a regional coordinator and trainer for “The Community-Based Rehabilitation Programme.”  This was an integrated development program that offered knowledge and skills in literacy, numeracy, primary health care, early child development and issues involving disabilities to adults from approximately 40 Amerindian villages in the Rupununi Savannahs.  During 1998-1999, I worked for the Caribbean Center for Development Administration (CARICAD), as a resident coordinator and trainer for a nationwide project on “Public Policy: Regional Administrations” for government administrators and community leaders. Both of these projects required working with adults in non-formal educational settings.


I moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to join my husband in 1999.  There, and until joining the CIE, I worked mainly as researcher on a number of health-related and social research projects in the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.  Now, as I contemplate returning to Guyana to continue my work as an educator and community development practitioner, I look forward to the learning and sharing experiences at the CIE.


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