Around the world, the increase in frequency and intensity of natural hazards and crises threatens many countries. Guyana is no exception. Flood, drought, fire, and pandemics are some of the many natural risks that devastate learning communities in Guyana and hinder citizens’ access to quality education.
In recent years, the Government of Guyana has promoted several measures to strengthen the capacities, reduce the vulnerabilities, and improve the resilience of our communities by developing tools for disaster risk management. However, the outbreak of Covid-19 highlighted the need to prepare for risks in the education sector. While the Ministry was able to use remote modalities to ensure contact with students and teachers and support learning continuity throughout the pandemic, many communities, especially in the Hinterland and Riverine locations, could not access digital learning modalities, exacerbating already existing disparities.