GNBS promotes increased use of metric system in Guyana

first_imgDuring a recent meeting with Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton, members of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) iterated their support for the greater usage of the international system of units commonly known as the metric system.Dr George Norton flanked by members of the GNBS along with the Assistant Director of Sport, Ms. Melissa Dow-Richardson (extreme right)As part of a campaign to promote the system’s usage, the meeting sought to engage Minister Norton to ensure that the metric system is more well-known within the areas of sports and journalism. This initiative seeks to encourage sports reporters to utilise the metric system when writing or broadcasting their news stories.Minister Norton noted that while most of the sports disciplines utilise the metric system, there is need for all Guyanese to familiarise themselves with the concept and adopt its usage.“We’ve now adopted a method where all of our community engagements are attended by members of each department – Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport. That way, we are able to comprehensively address the challenges faced by each of the communities we visit. I believe that this would be an excellent forum for you to bring awareness to your campaign,” Minister Norton said.The Minister also encouraged GNBS to seek collaboration with the Ministry of Education, since disseminating education on, and promoting, the use of the metric system by the younger generation would be tremendously impactful.During the meeting, held at the Minister’s Main Street office, the GNBS team was given opportunity to be part of the Ministry’s various community outreach programmes, including its Social Cohesion Sensitisation sessions and its Diversity Education and Inclusion training.The team included Chairperson of the National Standards Council, Ms. Carole Fletcher; Deputy Director/Acting Executive Director of GNBS, Ms. Ramrattie Karan; Head of Marketing and Communication, Mr. Syeid Ibrahim; Executive Assistant, Ms. Shaneika Haynes; and Public Relations Officer Mr. Lloyd David.last_img