The University of Guyana has received its first major philanthropic grant — from a private family — by way of a gift of land that would facilitate the erection of a permanent bursary.The property which was given to the University by Rajdai Elizabeth Outar is located in Berbice, and is expected to be developed or liquidated into funds which would then be invested within two years of the conveyance of the property to the University of Guyana. Thirty per cent of the money received would be used in perpetuity to fund the bursary on an annual basis.The bursary, which will be titled the ‘Rajdai Elizabeth and Seobarran James Outar Bursary’, was designed to support tuition, living expenses, and books for outstanding students from Port Mourant, Berbice and surrounding areas who are unable to afford their education at the University. The bursary is open to any discipline.Rajdai Elizabeth Outar and her late husband, Seobarran James Outar, both Berbicians, placed great value on education. The Outars left Guyana in the late 1970s for educational opportunities in the United States, and thus they have always hoped to give back to their homeland for the foundation they received in Guyana.Following her husband’s passing in June 2014, Mrs Outar decided to gift a parcel of land and other remaining assets in Guyana to the University to establish the bursary.In a statement, Mrs Outar said, “Education is the cornerstone of life, and higher education provides an opportunity to create leaders, advance knowledge, and to improve society. My family and I hope that our gift will not only benefit worthy students, but that it also will inspire other expatriate Guyanese to support talent development at a critical time in our nation’s history.”Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Prof. Ivelaw Griffith, expressed his gratitude for the gift and emphasized the need for private support to complement Government funding.“Mrs Outar’s gift provides an opportunity for the most talented students to have access to a world-class education, regardless of their ability to pay.We hope that her generosity will serve as an example for others to follow. Gifts like Mrs Outar’s have an impact not only on the recipient, but also their families, their community, and society at large,” he said.Deputy Vice Chancellor (PACE) Paloma Mohamed also expressed sincere appreciation to Mrs Outar and her family, as well as to former DVC Elizabeth Ramlall, Christine Chowgrir, and University Registrar Dr Nigel Gravesande, who worked for several months to realise the project.The Rajdai Elizabeth and Seobarran James Outar Bursary is expected to be administered through the University’s Student Support Fund mechanism. Application materials, awards committee composition, and the decision rubric for the award of the Rajdai Elizabeth and Seobarran James Outar Bursary also will be available on the University of Guyana’s website, once the funds become available.
0Shares0000Scout Jorge Athayde selects players during a trial in which they play under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Nov 17 – At a trial for youngsters at Rio de Janeiro’s Vasco da Gama football club, Vanessa Dias pushed through the bushes to glimpse her 12-year-old son Caua, nervously hoping that he’d just taken his first step to the big time.About 200 other children aged nine to 17 were taking part in the trial on a basic football pitch in northern Rio under the watch of scouts from the club, one of Brazil’s biggest. Parents weren’t allowed in, but some climbed a hill through undergrowth to try to see the field anyway.“I’m ready to make any sacrifice. I’m unemployed and sometimes I don’t have enough to pay for transport, but I always get by with a loan here and there,” Dias, 33, said.Her son actually supports Vasco’s big rivals Flamengo, but he’s trying to play a bigger game now than mere fandom: getting a shot at becoming a future star himself.Becoming the next Neymar is the dream of many in Brazil, a country mad about football and with no shortage of talented youngsters from poor backgrounds hungry for a chance © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELBecoming the next Neymar is the dream of many in a country mad about football and with no shortage of talented youngsters from poor backgrounds hungry for a chance.But there’s nothing easy about getting there.Vasco’s head scout Uerner Leonardo Passos said even in this first set of trials, “only 10 percent of the boys will pass before going to a new series of tests at the club headquarters.”Trials last three days and take place every month, divided into age groups where children get an opportunity to show off their skills in 20-minute games.Ronaldo Faria, a Vasco scout, has a good idea of what he’s looking for: his brother is World Cup winner Romario, the club’s biggest ever find.“The secret of Brazilian football is the favelas, with kids playing on the streets and on rough pitches,” he said, referring to the hard-scrabble, often violent neighborhoods where many Brazilians grow up with little more than dreams of getting out.– Eyes peeled –Vasco puts a big emphasis on scouring those favelas for talent.“Our scouts often go to the favelas and they keep a network of contacts who will tell them if there’s a kid showing potential,” said Luiz Rangel, from Vasco’s talent spotting department.Scout Jorge Athayde (R) speaks to a boy during a trial in which youngsters play under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELJacy Oliveira, who lives in Rio’s Piedade neighborhood, brought four local boys along to the trial.“Many good players don’t even get a chance for a trial because they don’t have the money for transport,” said Oliveira, who uses his own money in the hope of finding a new talent to boost his own scouting career.“For now, I’ve had nothing but expenses but I’m sure that I’ll come across a shining star,” he said.Among the boys playing that day, just one really stood out for Ronaldo Faria — a nine-year-old called Felipe who dribbled past older and bigger opponents with ease.His twin brother Fernando, however, looked so nervous that he was having trouble performing at all.“Don’t be afraid,” one of the trial organizers told him. “Just be normal, play as if you were in the street with your brother.”– ‘Pre-programmed’ –What scouts want to see are players with talent but able to play in a team without too much individualism. They have another problem, though, and that’s the lack of freedom in children already trying to copy adult systems.“The children are pre-programmed,there are fewer and fewer who play in a spontaneous way,” Luiz Rangel said.Parents who weren’t allowed in climb a hill through undergrow to catch a glimpse of their children while they take part in a trial under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTEL“What we’re looking for is a series of characteristics: ease with the ball, field position, the way they communicate with the other players on the team. Everything has an influence.”Caio Rodrigues, 15, said it was important not to show off.“If you try and stand out you end up making a mistake. They want us to play simply and to pass the ball,” he said.Pedro Henrique, 13, has been watching his heroes, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, on video for inspiration.“When I am big I want to play with them, with Neymar, on the national team,” the boy said shyly.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)