Today a team of World Bank officials led by new Regional Director Ms Tahseen Sayed Khan and included Ms. Galina Sotirova, Country Manager for Guyana and Jamaica, Mr Pierre Nadji- Senior Country Officer for Guyana and Suriname and World Bank Education Specialist for the Caribbean Ms Hongyu Yang paid a courtesy call on Minister of Education Nicolette Henry at her Brickdam office.

During the engagement the World Bank officials expressed satisfaction with the current relationship that exists between the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the World Bank. The Regional Director commended the work done by Minister Henry noting that the projects that are funded by the World Bank is now moving at a much faster rate.
Added to that Ms Sayed Khan assured that the World Bank will continue to provide assistance to the MoE if and when approached. She alluded to the World Bank funded Secondary School Improvement Project (SSIP) that is currently ongoing and expressed satisfaction with the manner in which this is being done.
It is against this backdrop that the Director explained that plans are moving a pace to have a Systemic Country Diagnostic done on Guyana in addition to the production of a Country Strategy. According to Ms Khan these are necessary to inform both Guyana and the World Bank of possible areas and sector that may require assistance.
The recently appointed Director assured Minister Henry that when the Systemic Country Diagnostic is conducted the education system will be included. She explained that this approach will help to identify and correct weak areas in the education system.
Minister of Education apprised the four officials about some pressing working the MoE is currently undertaking. She alluded to the Special Education Needs (SEN) programme that is now be vigorously pursued by her Ministry.
Minister Henry told the officials that previously much emphasis was not placed in this area and this is something that has changed under her watch. The World Bank committed to assisting where possible and was in high praise for the posture taken by Minister Henry on SEN.
The officials also discussed how the World Bank can assist the MoE with the technical support in the area of project management and implementation. Ms Khan noted that her organisation with years of experience in this area will provide the necessary training and support to aid in this regard. This she said will assist the MoE greatly as it implements and plan for projects.
Also up for discussion was the use of technology in the delivery of education. The Director said she is aware that Guyana’s unique terrain poses some challenges in terms of connectivity and has committed to approaching companies operating out of the highly regarded Silicon Valley to assist Guyana in this area.