Ministry of Education, Guyana

As we celebrate another International Literacy Day, under the theme ‘Literacy and Sustainable Development’, I would like to make a plea for our nation to ascribe a significantly higher degree of importance to the issue of literacy in Guyana. The theme for Education Month this year, ‘Literate by Grade 4 Through Consistent, Home, School and Community Involvement’, was devised to convey the need for a collective effort if we are to succeed in making our populace more literate. It is clear that if we are to make significant improvements with regards to literacy in Guyana, it must be recognized that the Ministry of Education alone cannot adequately address this and a more broad-based, national approach must be developed. This would require appreciation of the deep national developmental implications this holds. The research is abundantly clear; the more literate the population, the greater the output in all sectors.

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One of the most important life-skills a human being can possess is the ability to read and write. Literacy is the bedrock of human existence. And as citizens of the world, it is our fundamentalduty to equip ourselves with the necessary tools of literacy so as to enjoy a better quality of life. Sadly though, the world is plagued by significant illiteracy that affects large populations of countries, particularly girls and women. The struggle against illiteracy is a real one. Countries must do all they can to ensure that illiteracy is eradicated and replaced by the enlightenment of literacy to the benefit of all. In Guyana, through a number of strategic interventions organised by the Government through the Ministry of Education, we have made consistent strides in ensuring that more Guyanese are becoming literate.

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Several businesses have confirmed their participation in this year’s Education Month observances. The Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that a number of businesses will be providing sponsorship for its“Give A Book” Tents on Monday, September 8 as Guyana joins the world in observing International Literacy Day.

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