The words of the Prime Minister and First Vice-President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Hon. Moses Nagamootoo – “If you make the child, you must educate the child” represent the general theme of today’s Parents Seminar held at the North Ruimveldt Secondary School.

The event was held as part of the Ministry of Education’s planned activities to observe Education Month 2019. The Prime Minister told the parents in attendance that they have a role to play to partner with the education sector for the future of the country.
He told the parents that they are contributing to the education of a generation so that Guyana has the type of education system that it must have. He said that the demand is greater now on parents and grandparents on how children are raised.
According to the Prime Minister, parental involvement goes further than a parent being a member of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) of the school but being involved in the lives particularly in moments that will define the child’s character. news 20190924 14
He said that the results of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination shows what the greater role of parents in the education system can achieve.
The Prime Minister explained to the parents that they have a role to constantly monitor the syllabi of the respective school and to make relevant input and help to determine where the greater focus should be placed.
He said that due to the collaboration between the government, parents and grandparents that it was decided that no child must be left behind.
Also addressing the parents was the Minister of Education, Dr. the Hon. Nicolette Henry who said that education is a priority for the government of Guyana and it is for that reason that stakeholders are engaged to ensure children reach their full potential.
She said that parents are important stakeholders since they are a child’s first teacher and should, therefore, be their best teacher. Minister Henry said that it is important for parents to model positive behaviours so that children can learn by interacting with their mothers, fathers or guardians.
She said that it is not by accident that the PTA Department within the Ministry was established. She said that parents need to be given that opportunity to shape the path of the education system and contribute to discussions that are designed to forge that path. news 20190924 12
According to Minister Henry, many parents make sacrifices for the wellbeing of their child or children. However, she said that those sacrifices should not be in vain. She said that parents need to get involved so that their children get the support that they need.
Chief Education Officer, Dr. Marcel Hutson during his presentation said that for any school to be successful, there needs to be transformational leadership, a plan for improvement and parental involvement which is key and critical.
He said that where parents are involved, children improve in academic performance, confidence, self-esteem and determination to achieve more.
The PTA Coordinator within the Ministry of Education, Ms. Nadia Hollingsworth during her presentation said that collaboration is important as it allows persons to work together to achieve the desired outcome.
She said that a benefit of collaboration is the development of trust between the school and the parents which serves to ultimately benefit the children. She advised that it is important for a PTA at every school and for that unit to work together and have monthly meetings at convenient times for members.