Ministry of Education, Guyana

Saturday, 12 October 2019 10:16

Importance of human resource development highlighted at ITEC Day celebrations

The importance of human resource development came under the spotlight last evening when the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was celebrated at the residence of the High Commissioner of India to Guyana, His Excellency Dr. K. J. Srinivasa.

The event was held to celebrate the successes of the ITEC programme which began in 1964. The bilateral programme is fully funded by the Government of India and offers training opportunities in India to citizens from 160 partner countries, Guyana included.

Chief Guest at last evening’s engagement was the Minister of Education, Dr. the Hon. Nicolette Henry who said that the main business of the ITEC programme is the development of the human resource. She said that the programme is demand-driven and areas of study are of interest to developing countries.news 20191014 3

“The wide and diverse spectrum of skills and disciplines offered, ranges from IT, rural development, parliamentary practices, entrepreneurship, marine and aeronautical engineering. The wide appreciation of these courses indicates the efficacy of the courses for capacity building, empowerment and upgrading of skills,” Minister Henry noted.

She said that the pathway which Guyana now embarks demands empowerment and capacity building in all the aforementioned areas to successfully harness its present plans and those for the future that will ensure that Guyanese benefit and our nation’s growth becomes inevitable.news 20191014 4

“The Ministry of Education and by extension the Cooperative Republic of Guyana welcomes all possible help on our developing journey and preparation mode for our expectant bloom from the oil industry,” she remarked.

High Commissioner of Indian to Guyana, His Excellency Dr. K. J. Srinivasa said that India is acutely aware of its role in global development. He said that since India’s independence, it has been steadfast of being a reliable development partner.news 20191014 6
He added that part of India’s foreign policy, development partnership cooperation is a priority and that Guyana is an important partner in this regard.

Thus far, he said that 500 Guyanese have been trained under the ITEC scheme which is managed by the Ministry of External Affairs in India. He asked the government of Guyana and the private sector to maximize awareness of the programme so that more persons can benefit.

Minister of State, Hon. Dawn Hastings-Williams when delivering her remarks said that cooperation among countries can help to solve problems and share knowledge and best practices. She said that the Government of Guyana appreciates the opportunities provided as it aims to prepare Guyanese youth for the jobs of the future so that they can enjoy the good life envisioned for them by His Excellency David A. Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.news 20191014 5

Greetings were also delivered by Minister of Public Service, Hon. Tabitha Sarrabo-Halley. Also present at the event was Minister of Public Telecommunications, Hon. Catherine Hughes. During the engagement, four beneficiaries of the ITEC programme shared their experiences and how they benefited. Guests were later treated to several cultural items and a cocktail reception.

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