Ministry of Education, Guyana

Saturday, 01 November 2014 11:27

More than $110M Distributed to parents in Linden

Minister of Education with some children of the One Mile Primary School at Bay Rock Community Centre. Minister of Education with some children of the One Mile Primary School at Bay Rock Community Centre.

More than 11,000 children from Linden today benefited from the Government of Guyana 'Because we Care' $10,000 Cash Grant.

Distribution of the 'Because we Care'$10,000 vouchers started today in Linden. Some $110M was distributed to parents at twelve locations. Those locations included the Bamia Primary, McKenzie Primary, Amelia's Ward Primary, Coomacka Primary, Linden Foundation Secondary, Bay Rock Community Centre, New Silver City Secondary Harmony Secondary and Wismar Hill Secondary Schools.

Addressing the crowd of parents at the Bay Rock Community Center, Honorable Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand implored parents to keep their children in school and be interested in their lives. Speaking as a parent, Minister Manickchand posited that every parent wants what is best for their children. "What do we want for our children? We want to ensure that they can live a life that is better..., that they have more than you had, not just more things, but a richer, more comfortable life, foster and maintain better relationships...I am saying to you that more is possible for your children," the Minister added.

news-20141101-2Parents applauded the recommendation that should the 'Because we Care' $10,000 Cash Grant continue next year, it should be given on the condition that children attend school frequently, perhaps having an average percentage of attendance at school for a given school term. She admonished parents to use the grant wisely, "your children's education should be your first priority," she noted.

"Guyana has a reason to be proud of this programme," Minister Manickchand noted, adding that it is the only country in the Caribbean, offering things financial support to every child and not children selected based on economic or social conditions. Minister Manickchand also added that the 'Because we Care' $10,000 Cash Grant programme is another initiative aimed at giving parents additional support to equip their children for school.

Parents have until the November 30, 2014 to cash their vouchers at any Western Union or Bill Express location.

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