Ministry of Education, Guyana

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Friday, 11 November 2016 15:06

Minister Henry encourages youth officers to be agents of change – at close of Youth Officers training

The week long capacity building workshop facilitated by the Ministry of Education came to a close today with an interaction between the youth officers and the Minister within the Ministry of Education, Hon. Nicolette Henry.
In her remarks, the Minister noted that as youth officers one cannot always expect praise but they must be able to create change in the lives of the young people they work with. Subsequently, Minister Henry emphasized that the challenges in youth work are real.

Minister Henry disclosed that the work the officers will be expected to perform in 2017-2020 will be guided on the National Youth Policy. The Minister added that all the officers and their colleagues must be familiar with the narrative laid out in the policy; in this regard they are expected to share the knowledge gained during the week with the other youth workers they partner with.
Minister Henry posited that there is need for more supervision and accountability for the youth work being done.
The Minister explained that one of the priorities in the 2017 budget for youth is the resuscitation of the youth friendly spaces around Guyana. This thrust will be guided by the standards set by the UN for such spaces. Minister Henry emphasized that in 2017 the Ministry expects to see results from the projects carried out; as such good service is expected.
The Minister also expressed her expectation that the youth officers will give their full support in the launch and implementation of the National Youth Policy. Another area of focus in the 2017 budget is that of innovation. The officers were encouraged to devise ways young people can be innovative.
The Director of Youth, Ms. Melissa Carmichael noted that during the sessions were designed to improve the capacity of the youth officers. The intent is that the officers will use the knowledge gained to enhance their engagement with youth thereby empowering them to become the ideal Guyanese youth outlined in the National Youth Policy.
The capacity building session was held under the theme “Fostering Youth Development for the 21st Century”. The intention of this session was to equip youth workers with the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable them to effectively and efficiently plan, implement and monitor the programmes that will positively impact the youth workers.
This capacity building engagement is aligned with the Commonwealth’s observance of International Youth Work Week (7-13 November, 2016) under the theme “Empowering Young People through Sports and Arts.”

 

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