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Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff, Commodore Gary Best welcomed to his office, children in the care of the Margaret Rose Arthur Day Care Centre at Base Camp Ayanganna on Friday March 8 last. Fourteen of the Centre’s 25 children visited the COS.

The COS introduced himself and showed then showed the children around his office. During his interactions with them, he learned their names and also some of their likes and dislikes. The visitors could hardly contain their excitement at meeting the COS. Showing them replicas of aircraft and ships, he enquired whether they would like to fly or sail real planes and ships one day. The answer was a resounding yes!

The Centre’s administrator, Miss. Shauntel Maloney, indicated that the visit was arranged as part of the children’s orientation to important people which forms the theme for their interactions during this term. “This term, we are discussing with the children, important people in Guyana. We have talked to them about the President and the Prime Minister,” she said, “we have also talked with them about the Chief of Staff and the patron of the Day Care Centre, Ms. Margaret Rose Arthur, after whom the centre is named. We feel that it is important for the children to learn about and know who heads the organisation under which the Centre is managed and also to know about the person whose name the Centre bears,” she added.

Commodore Best indicated the visit was good and augured well for the children’s development and appreciation of people and places of significance. He encouraged the centre’s administrator to ensure that they benefit from other such visits from time to time.

Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are catered for at the centre. Each is supervised by a particular caregiver. The Margaret Rose-Arthur Day Care centre caters for the all round development of its students with activities streamlined to enhance their emotional, cognitive and social skills. It was built and dedicated in 2010 and formally opened in 2011.