Carnegie School of Home Economics Seven decades of service to society

Guyana Chronicle
January 12, 2003

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THE Carnegie School of Home Economics is this year observing the 70th year of its operations.

Year-long activities to mark the milestone are to begin with a church service in March and will include a fair/tea party, a quiz and debating competition, exhibition and sale of work and special lunches. A new edition of the recipe book `What’s Cooking in Guyana will also be available. The new edition contains new recipes and additional information on various aspects of food preparation and service.

A release from the institution said that all activities are designed to draw attention to the current work of the school and to seek the involvement and participation of all former staff and students.

The school was founded on March 25, 1933 on a grant donated by the Carnegie Trustees and from an additional grant from the U.K Funds that were used to alleviate unemployment among women.

Originally a Trade School for Women, catering for young girls who had dropped out of school, the institution initially specialised in making garments for ladies and uniforms for Government messengers. Large scale catering was done on request.

The first principal was Miss B. Briant who was responsible for guiding the venture, which, once successful would have been handed over to Government. This materialised in 1937.

The trading aspect was discontinued in 1958 and the School was renamed Carnegie School of Home Economics.

The curriculum aimed at giving every girl an opportunity to learn all the skills and attitudes that were essential for good home, family and community life.

In 1971, a separate catering section was established and the training restaurant opened.

During the period 1988 to 1990, the catering programme was enhanced by financial and technical assistance given by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The school is currently offering full-time programmes in Household Management - two years duration; Hospitality and Catering - one year; Garment Construction - two years; and Hairdressing and Cosmetology - one year.

Evening classes are conducted from Monday to Thursday from 17:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs. These classes are of 10-weeks duration and are conducted in Elementary and Advanced Cookery; Elementary and Advanced Cakes and Pastries; Cake Decoration; Dressmaking; Tailoring; Floral Arrangement; and Crotchet and Macrame.

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