Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud, MP, says children are the country’s most precious resources and the Government intends to invest in their futures.
The Minister shared this view when she led the distribution of the Government’s ‘Because We Care’ cash grant for students at the Graham’s Hall Primary School.
“There’s a most precious resource and that’s a child. Everything that we do now for a child, we will reap the rewards of it in the years to come.
“What do we want for children? We want our investment to pay off. How can we invest? By making sure they have a sound education,” she said.
Minister Persaud says the Government’s investments in education will foster an enabling and encouraging environment for children to learn and grow. She said the saying, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country” will be seen in the future of Guyana’s children.
“To really invest in the children of Guyana, we have to enable the people who look after our future and that is our parents.
“You know very well the sacrifice and the struggles you have made in the last year with the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
Dr. Persaud added that the ‘Because We Care’ programme is one of several initiatives the Government would be rolling out for the benefit of all Guyanese.
Meanwhile, in invited comments, several parents said the much-needed assistance will benefit their children.
Ms. Kalene Stoll said she is grateful and happy for the cash grant. “I’m excited because well, you know the children home from school; they eating more, they drinking more and… well, it gon come in… to do a lot of things around.”
Another parent, Mr. Boodram Rambissoon, told DPI he will use the money to buy school supplies for his child. “Everything for the child because with this COVID-19, I’m a taxi driver and it very hard, so it gon help him a great lot,” he said.
Over $19 million was distributed to parents and guardians gathered at Graham’s Hall where 1009 students are enrolled.