SAGE Turns 10!

This year marks 10 years since the founding of SAGE! SAGE was started in 2008 by seven returned volunteers of WorldTeach Guyana. These volunteers served as teachers in secondary schools throughout the country and returned to the United States with a unique awareness of the many obstacles facing Guyanese students who want to pursue post-secondary education. Three additional board members have joined the team since our founding. Learn more about our current team on the SAGE website!

Scholar Spotlight: Hilton Chester

Hilton Chester

2017 SAGE Scholar, Hilton Chester, was kind enough to take time out of his busy class schedule to answer a few questions about his experience at UG, his hopes for his country, and the historical figure he would most like to meet.

Why do you think a university education is important?
There are many reasons why this level of education is important, but for me, I would say that it is paramount because self-development is established, and as a result, life goals are easily achieved. The knowledge and skills required for career choices are offered and as such a university education is important for equipping those pursuing a career.

What has surprised you about your experience at university thus far?
The University of Guyana has surprised me in many ways. The fact that it has so [many] talented students, and the University has provided ways for them to display it. Especially after attending the last Talent Splash hosted by the university, I was amazed at the quality performance coming from our very own students and as long as this is maintained both the students and the University will receive benefits. Also, the quality of the UG Open Career Day is impressive. It was my first time having experienced one, and I am convinced that I will be attending a lot more.

What is your intended career and what draws you to that field?
It is a dream to become a Sports Physician and the reason is because most of my entire life has been spent with sports and it brings me joy being involved in it. The Medicine Field is a growing one and I am aiming to make a contribution in it since the Sports Sector across the world is increasing, especially Guyana and the Caribbean, and a profession like mine will eventually become a demand. I want to be able to provide service to athletes, as well as non-athletes since usually little or no service is being offered to them. As an athlete myself, it is my interest to provide the services which would result in athletes staying committed to what they (would like to) do.

What makes you proud to be Guyanese?
Being born in a resource-rich land, it is no surprise that I am proud to be Guyanese wherever I am. Guyana has EVERYTHING that most of the world has to offer and more. Guyana has diversity and it has provided the platform for learning and appreciating new things. Having an adventurous spirit, Guyana has been able to facilitate this in so many ways from its Natural Sceneries, people, [and] even its development.

What are your hopes for the future of Guyana?
My hopes for Guyana’s future is the country being able to capitalize on its resources to be able to obtain maximum output. Investments should be done in the areas that would ensure of this. Exploiting these resources would only lead to development and less corruption. I do hope that everyone, Guyanese or not, should be able [to] take responsibility towards making a contribution in any way possible to make sure of this. Hopefully, after achieving my career, I too would be able to make a contribution providing my service. However, the idea of the establishment of a Sports Clinic has been thought. I do hope that in Guyana’s future, this would become a reality.

If you could meet one historical figure, who would it be and why?
If given the chance, I would definitely love to meet President Barack Obama and his family. There are many reasons why but he has made so much impact during his stay in office not only in the USA but also on the lives of many across the world. He showed the world “No dream is too little. We should dream big.”…Mr. Barack Obama actually showed the world that it’s possible. If the chance presents itself, I would really love to meet him and heed the advice and motivation given.

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Scott was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Georgetown, Guyana from '03-'05 with the World Wildlife Fund. He helped to co-found FROG in 2007.

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