Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 14:25

MoE adds two Mobile Psychosocial units to its fleet

…teachers and parents to also benefit from welfare and other social services

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has added two additional mobile Psychosocial Units to its fleet bringing the number to three the ministry now has. At a commissioning ceremony at the Ministry’s 26 Brickdam location, two additional units were added to the fleet at a cost of $21M.news 20191128

In proffering remarks, Minister of Education Dr Nicolette Henry said that the units alone will not get the job done and noted that the work of the officers within the School Support Unit (SSU) will be critical to the process. The Education Minister said that sometimes the support the children need cannot be accessed in the homes and that the MoE has a responsibility to respond to those needs.

A Public Health Specialist, Dr Henry said that many times emphasis is placed on mainstream education and that social, welfare and other issues are not addressed. It is this gap, according to Dr Henry that the units are intended to fill.news 20191128 3

Further, she said that the initiative is to take health services to the communities that are in need of such interventions. Minister Henry said that the SSU will be formalizing a schedule to visit all the education districts across the country.

At the onset, the units will target affected children both in and out of school. The Education Minister said that it is her desire to see the services of the units extended to parents, teachers and the community. Further Dr Henry said that a critical component of the holistic education process is the wellness of the children so that they are able to maximize the educational opportunities.news 20191128 5

According to Ms Marcia Paddy-Andrews, Regional Education Officer the MoE observed that there are issues that are affecting the nation’s children which often result in poor performances, absenteeism and truancy. She said that the MoE has taken a proactive approach in addressing these ills and the mobile units will assist greatly in this regard.

She said that the units will identify and assist children with school-related problems and help to foster productive relationships between parents and the school the children attend. Ms Paddy-Andrews said that with adequate sensitization persons will be in a better position to benefit from the services of the units.news 20191128 2

The School Support Unit (SSU) is a consolidation of the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE), School Health and Nutrition, HIV and AIDS, Schools Welfare Services and the Guidance and Counselling units. The SSU now has the services of a Doctor in Psychology who will be guiding the intervention relative to the units.

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