The Honourable Minister of Education Priya Manickchand participated today as the lead presenter in the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) virtual discussion on education.

This forum is being held during the Caribbean American Legislative Week as part of the observances in June for National Caribbean American Heritage Month founded by the ICS in Washington, D.C.
During her presentation, Minister Manickchand said that one of the best ways the Regional and Guyanese Diaspora can assist the Region and Guyana is to create a human resource database of persons that are available to the Region to work in particular areas where help is needed to conduct training and transfer knowledge and skills.
She said that this kind of assistance will be most sustainable and useful in this period when blended learning and virtual learning is paramount to ensure children remain engaged as we continue to work to get out of the pandemic.
She said that today’s forum is the beginning of a conversation that Guyana will like to see continue. According to the Education Minister, Guyana has professionals that can also be made available to the Region and the World at large to share their expertise and transfer skills. “We would be glad to advance this in any way that we can because we also have expertise here locally that can benefit persons from across the region and wider afield. It shouldn’t be left as a conversation,” Minister Manickchand posited.
Further, Minister Manickchand made the point that over the last 25 to 30 years Guyana has made several strides in Education whereby the percentage of trained teachers has increased from 30 per cent to 70 per cent, achieved universal primary education and has moved from 33 per cent of secondary level students having accessed to education to the high 80s.
She said that Guyana is on its way to having all its teachers full trained and achieving Universal Secondary Education.
She noted that for changes to be made in the sector, it requires a national buy-in. Minister Manickchand said that consultation with stakeholders before arriving at decisions and positions must be how leaders should lead since any successful implementation highly depends on the national buy-in.
During the ICS’ Legislative Week 2021, several themes are discussed based on what the Institute has submitted to the US State Department as its contribution to the development of the US/Caribbean Strategic Agenda 2021-2023. This will build on the groundwork that was laid by the ICS in 2017 when it coordinated the Diaspora Consultation Process as partners of the US State Department. The themes are diplomacy, security, health, education, prosperity, resilience and energy.