Leicester graduates in the news: Samuel Small

Posted by mjs76 at Jan 05, 2011 04:52 PM |
The Kaieteur News (that’s Kaieteur, Guyana) has a big feature on 85-year-old Samuel Small - “one of the most inspiring educators in Guyana’s history” - who studied at the University of Leicester in the late 1950s.

Mr Small was born in 1925 when his country was still British Guiana; his father was Headmaster of the local Methodist School and his mother and two aunts were also teachers so his chosen career was no surprise.

After working as a primary school teacher during the 1940s and 1950s, Mr Small came to Leicester where he took a Masters Degree in Education before returning to his South American homeland. He took a job at the Government Training College for Teachers (now the Cyril Potter College of Education) until 1976 when he moved to the University of Guyana to become Coordinator of the university’s flagship division, the Department of Extra Mural Studies.

This department (now the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education) brought higher education to students in rural communities across Guyana for whom travel to the capital Georgetown was not possible.

As Mr Small explained to the Kaieteur News:

If we were to expand and develop, persons in society need to be educated…You do not develop only on structures like building bridges and houses. People must be developed for them to appreciate the infrastructure…Education has to do that…”