In Memory

Dale Arlington (Bisnauth)


Reverend  Dale Bisnauth, twas the Minister for the Presbyterian Church while I was there in the late 70s. Many of us will remember him as a mild mannered teacher of Religeous Knowdlege and English at carron hall Vocational.He was from Guyana’s  and a former Ministers of Education and Labour,Human Services and Social Security, died at around 02:00 hrs on April 4th following a heart attack. At the time, the 76-year-old was a patient at the Caribbean Heart Institute (CHI), having been admitted there just hours before.


The late, Reverend Dr. Dale Bisnauth


Dr. Bisnauth, a father of seven, grandfather of 11 and two great grandchildren, had been suffering from a heart ailment over a prolonged period.
He served as Minister of Education from 1992-2001, and that Ministry via a press release yesterday said that “Dr. Dale Bisnauth served our country well. Guyana is grateful. The Minister of Education, Hon. Priya Manickchand and officers and Staff of the Ministry of Education, would like to express sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Dr. Dale Bisnauth, Former Minister of Education.”
The statement also noted that with the passing of Dr. Bisnauth who was also a writer, it is evident that Guyana has lost a good son “…one who lived his life in service and whose love for humanity manifested itself in tangible contributions to our dear Guyana and her people.”
The Primary Education Improvement Project, the design and implementation of the Secondary School Reform Project, the initiative of the Basic Education Access to Management Support Programme, and the introduction of Board Management at the Cyril Potter College of Education- Senior Secondary Schools and Technical Institutions, were named as just a few of the successful initiatives undertaken by Dr. Bisnauth during his tenure as Minister of Education.
Following that, Dr. Bisnauth served as Labour, Human Services, and Social Security Minister between 2002 and 2004.
Dale Arlington Bisnauth was born in rural Guyana in 1936. His parents and grandparents were farmers. He attended the Unity Theological College of the West Indies (Jamaica), where he was trained for the ministry of the Guyana Presbyterian Church, having been converted from his Hindu background to Christianity at age 15.
Dr. Bisnauth was a minister of religion for more than three decades. He served in the regional and world ecumenical movements, and worked in Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados. He was also the secretary of the Caribbean Council of Churches.
He is the author of a book called “The Settlement of Indians in Guyana: 1890-1930”, in which he wrote history from the perspective of the working classes and focused on the contribution of those who came from the Indian lower castes to the making of a dynamic Indo-Guyanese culture.
His other works include a short History of the Guyana Presbyterian Church in 1979 and the History of Religions in the Caribbean in 1989.
Bisnauth has been described as a man who has been strongly committed to social justice.




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04/11/13 09:15 AM #1    

Marnel Williams (1964)

Codolences to the Bisnauth family, Dale will be missed by friends from Carron Hall United Church also.


04/11/13 04:22 PM #2    

Beverly Coy (Goldson) (1969)

I remember Rev Bisnauth very well; he was this quiet teacher and minister.  Condolences go out to his family.

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