The regional administration of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) has trained several teachers ahead of the reopening of school on Monday.

According to a press statement from the region, the training was done to enhance the skills of several teachers who are tasked with delivering the Health and Family Life Educators (HFLEs) programme. The recently held one-day training targeted 57 teachers from all of the secondary schools within the region.

The facilitators of the training addressed a number of issues and sought to better inform teachers on how to effectively handle issues. Head of the HFLE programme within the Ministry of Education Colleen King-Cameron spearheaded the one-day training, which was also facilitated by Esther Utoh of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE).

The training was held under the theme, “Strengthening HFLE for youth empowerment.” The region believes that such training is important in enhancing teachers’ knowledge and skills by recognising that there continues to be an increase in social ills facing school children.
According to the facilitators, the training would reduce some of the challenges and difficulties with which the teaching staff and students are confronted at schools.

King-Cameron pointed out that the objectives were to provide participants with an overview of the nature and goals of HFLE; and to provide the opportunity for them to practise teaching the common curriculum lessons with other teachers and to learn with other teachers, while being able to learn useful strategies and tips for teaching these lessons.

She further said that the session was geared towards assisting the participants in developing competence in equipping students with the necessary skills to make decisions and to deal with life dilemmas using common sense.
King- Cameron said the HFLE has had a strong and deep tradition in Guyana and the diaspora that built on the culture of the Region.

“This training is very important, as it seeks to enhance and further develop the skills and knowledge of the HFLE educators within Region Four, thus reducing several of the social ills that they are confronted with in the schools, while at the same time educating the students on dealing with several of their challenges.

“We are holding similar training like these throughout the regions and I am very pleased with the responses from the educators, as it shows that they have a keen interest in enhancing this programme and today was no different as the excitement and eagerness of the educators in Region Four truly demonstrates that this region will address HFLE issues aggressively and diligently and that is an excellent step,” King-Cameron said.

Meanwhile, facilitator Utoh pointed out that the training is vital, as it helps to inculcate life skills in health training within the curriculum. She said HFLE is a life skill programme for youth, which she said helps to focus on knowledge and skill development for the whole persons.

She added that this is what they hope to achieve within the region in further strengthening the HFLE educators. “This training is critically important and we are very happy that the responses and knowledge being exhibited by the educators demonstrate that they have a sound idea of what they are expected to do and what should be done in further advancing the programme, while addressing various challenges and difficulties that they may be confronted with,” Utoh stressed.