Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 26 October 2017 12:41

Forty-four years on and the Parenthood Association continues to evolve

news 20171026 4The work of the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) was lauded when the organization held its 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Herdmanston Lodge on Wednesday last.

Minister of Education Hon Nicolette Henry MP, while delivering the feature address quipped that “the GRPA is without rival for the admiration and appreciation of their service in sexual and reproductive health to the people of Guyana”.
Further, whilst addressing the audience that included the Canadian High Commissioner H.E Lilian Chaterjee and the Director, Child Protection Agency Ann Greene; Minister Henry said the organization is one of the leading Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) in sexual and reproductive health and rights, with over forty-three years of service to the people of 20171026 3
Minister Henry said that she was heartened with the focus of the GRPA and the theme of this year’s AGM, “Youth Power, Breaking Free- share, empower, heal”, captures the current direction of the organization.
Ms. Henry observed that under the “BodyBoss Campaign”, the Association promotes Youth Empowerment and Healthy Lifestyles. It also addresses critical issues confronting youths, and at the same time providing medical and psycho-social services and enabling leadership development. It is the view of the Education Minster that GRPA should be commended for such work.
Going further in her admiration for the work of the organization, Minister indicated that the organization’s mission; vision; aims and objectives all coalesce in their several projects.
“Your efforts of these many years have been comprehensive, yet focused; private and public, focused on the young and old, females and yes, the males also”.
Notwithstanding the foregoings, the Education Minister encouraged the organization to take additional steps for the furtherance of youth empowerment in Guyana.
She was of the view that in the GRPA’s discussions and deliberations, they should consider making youths their priority population. “Let them participate in the planning, encourage them to break their silence about their sexuality and sexual activities”.news 20171026 2
Further she said youths should be provided with a safe space, to confide and suggest that the organization’s members step up to this fold.
Additionally, Minister Henry said young people should be encouraged to read and research their health status so that they can make informed decisions.
In her address to the gathering Director of Child Protection Services, Ms. Ann Greene endorsed the sentiments of the Minister of Education. Ms. Greene said the organization over its forty-four years of service to the nation, has shown ‘steady and good leadership’.
Greene pledged her agency’s support for the Canadian funded Gender-Based Violence (GBV) programme that is currently being undertaken by the body. Further Greene said that the programme is pertinent in the context of some of the domestic and other family issues that are currently in the public domain.
Ms. Green said that there should be a collective response to all forms of violence and called for dialogue with a number of stakeholders including of the judiciary, police and such other organizations.
The AGM was treated to songs, and other cultural presentations from the young members of the Organization. The GRPA provides services such as family planning, cancer care, gynecology, antenatal care, HIV testing and counselling and a rage of other services.

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