by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
A total of four students attended the course, one being female; the Course Conductor was Ramon Ortega Montes, always known as Moncho, the Development Officer for the Latin American Table Tennis Union.
Currently, there is a schools programme in Guyana; thus there is a need for course conductors who can teach teachers.
Promoted by Godfrey Munroe, President of the Guyana Table Tennis Association, the aim is to have table tennis on the physical education curriculum of 150 schools in the country. Government funding provides equipment and pays coaches so that the sport of table tennis can be played both in and out of school hours.
“Because of this big project in schools, we need to have course conductors to run the ITTF/PTT Level coaches courses in the country and educate teachers as well as those who will be running table tennis after school. I´m thinking that the first ITTF/PTT Level One course will be run at the end of January or in early February.” Godfrey Munroe
“It´s the first time that such a course has been held in Guyana, so it´s important for us to attend. I see now big differences in attending a course as just a participant rather than a course conductor, many of the things that happen during the course have a different perspective.” Dwain Dick
“I run courses for teachers and I use the ITTF/PTT Level One Manual, I know how it is structured. Normally I use the white board and it´s my first time using the projector and the screen” Lindon Johnson
“Now, Guyana has an International Course Conductor and will be able to run self-funded ITTF/PTT Level One courses.” Ramon Ortega Montes
During the two days for Course Conductor Training, all the materials needed for the role were checked. Matters concluded with a summary and evaluation of the course; also each person attended an interview.