The Honourable Minister Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine visited the Art Williams & Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School at its Workshop Facilities in the Wings Aviation Ltd. Hangar, on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 to witness the reassembled Learjet 25 Aircraft that was donated to the School by Remote Area Medical for students to use as a Training Aid to further enhance the Practical Training Component of the Ab-Initio Programme.
Remote Area Medical (RAM) Volunteer Corps is a Knoxville, Tennessee-based non-profit, volunteer airborne medical relief corps that provides free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of Guyana and around the world.
Students of the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School assists RAM in the maintenance and upkeep of their aircraft used for medivac purposes under the guidance of engineers from both the school and RAM.
In his brief remarks to the management, staff and students of the school, the Minister commended the two NGOs on their continued good relations and the benefits being meted out to the students in their training processes and all Guyanese who are benefiting from RAM’s presence in Guyana. He also used the opportunity to point out the invaluable work organisations such as the Aeronautical Engineering School were engaged in advancing specialist technical education, adding that “the Ministry is happy to be partners by ensuring that our young people are given the opportunity to access a rounded education, inclusive of a strong technical and vocational studies curriculum and maintaining safety as a paramount feature which is unique to the aviation industry.”
In closing, the Minister commended the students and engineers who were involved in re-assembling the Learjet 25 which came to Guyana in two containers and is now assembled and ready for training; stressing that the initiative represented what he sees as the core goal of education, the application of knowledge in service to the greater good.