Ministry of Education, Guyana

Friday, 21 December 2018 08:50

Three new programmes to receive UNESCO funding in 2019

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Paris Headquarters, Paris Headquarters will be providing funding for three initiatives in Guyana come 2019.

These initiatives were presented yesterday at the End of Year Review and Reception held at the Guyana National Commission for UNESCO in Queenstown.

The first initiative is Puppetry: A viable industry for social change. Speaking on the project last evening was Ms. Margaret Lawrence, Executive Director, Merundoi Inc.

Ms. Lawrence said that Merundoi was established in 2006 and uses radio drama, street theatre and film to promote positive messages. However, she said that the intention is to add puppetry to the platforms used by Merudoi and to promote the art form in Guyana. She said that puppetry is a visual dimension that appeals to all ages and is also 20190102

She also said that the initiative will facilitate entrepreneurship for participants in terms of puppet-making and script writing. Ms. Lawrence explained that among the beneficiaries of the project will be teachers, victims of trafficking in persons, senior citizens and youth.

The second project to be funded by UNESCO in the new year is the creation of an online catalogue for the National Archives of Guyana. National Archivist, Ms. Johnell Henery said that the online database will provide descriptive information of historical 20190102 2

She said that the information will be available using the International Standard of Archival Description (ISAD). According to Ms. Henery, researchers and the National Archives of Guyana stand to be the major beneficiaries of this initiative.

The third initiative is being executed by the Women and Gender Equality Commission which plans to increase female leadership. Representing the Women and Gender Equality Commission was its Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Diana Swan-Lawrence, who said that the Commission will place emphasis on training for Permanent Secretaries to support the gender policy as it relates to sexual harassment in the 20190102 3

Minister of Education, Dr. the Hon. Nicolette Henry said that she looks forward to closer collaboration in the new year as the Guyana National Commission for UNESCO continues to execute programmes that will benefit Guyanese and address gaps that exist.

Secretary-General of the Guyana National Commission for UNESCO, Ms. Patrice La Fleur in her programme review for 2018 said that the Commission has done work in the areas of Education, Science and Culture which are the priority areas for 20190102 4

For education, she said that the Guyana National Accreditation Council benefitted from funds to host the 13th CANQUATE Annual Conference. One objective of the conference was to create the consciousness for sustainability in Quality Assurance in Guyana.

Also for education, 32 grade one teachers and sixty parents participated in capacity building workshops on Health and Family Life 20190102 1

Further, the Guyana National Commission for UNESCO supported the Youth Engagement for Community – Based Disaster Risk Management project executed by the Civil Defense Commission.

Ms. La Fleur said that the project was implemented in three regions, four, six and nine, among youths of the Vryman’s Erven, St. Ignatius and St. Cuthbert’s Mission Secondary Schools.

She said that 91 secondary school students were empowered in the areas of disaster reduction, prevention, preparedness and mitigation.

In the area of Science, the Secretary-General said that in observance of National Tree Day, the National Commission observed it with tree planting activities at two secondary schools, the La Bonne Intention Secondary School and the East Ruimveldt Secondary school.

She said that the National Commission also held its Man and the Biosphere Workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of the Environment. According to Ms. La Fleur, the objective of the workshop was to re-open discussions on the functions and benefits of Biosphere Reserves.

Moreover, in the arena of Culture, Ms. La Fleur explained that the National Commission for UNESCO supported the University of Guyana and the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Social Cohesion, Youth and Sport to host a one-day forum on Literary Arts in Guyana.

Other work in the area of culture included the donation of instruments to the St. John’s Bosco Steel Orchestra.

Also in attendance at the End of Year Review and Reception were First Lady H.E. Sandra Granger, UNDP Resident Representative to Guyana, Ms. Mikiko Tanaka and representatives from Ministries, government agencies and organisations.

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