Ministry of Education, Guyana

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 09:15

Guyana stands ready to share experiences and educational resources with regional partners – Education Minister tells COHSOD meeting

The Honourable Minister of Education Priya Manickchand participated virtually today in the 25th Special Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) in education.

She said that the COHSOD is meeting at a time when the collective education system in the region is experiencing its biggest shock.
She said that COVID-19 has had a tremendous adverse impact on all schools and each Ministry of Education had to find ways to minimize learning loss and the likelihood of dropouts.
“I think I speak for everyone when I say the solutions are and have been varied, evolving and versatile, unique sometimes to individual communities,” Minister Manickchand noted.
The Education Minister noted that in Guyana, there are particular challenges because of its geography, or poor connectivity and little access to devices that have hampered the delivery of education.
Despite these challenges, Minister Manickchand said that Guyana did not remain immobilized. She said that the Ministry of Education improvised by executing several interventions catering to different needs and different 20201118 6
“We have dedicated the Learning Channel to delivering timetabled instruction according to the curriculum. We have used the radio to deliver to remote villages similar instruction, printed and distributed worksheets to all students, mounted blackboards in communities and will deliver home-based learning packages for nursery-aged pupils,” Minister Manickchand explained to the COHSOD meeting.
She said that Guyana stands ready to share its experiences and resources such as worksheets, videos, print material, television and radio content where applicable to any country or individual that requires this assistance. Minister Manickchand said that the Caribbean Region has not ‘thrown up its arms’ and surrendered to COVID-19. She said that the meeting is evidence of the collective refusal to allow the virus to win.
Moreover, Minister Manickchand said that she believes this experience has provided opportunities that have not been seen before and that they can be used for the region’s benefit moving forward, post-COVID.
Also delivering remarks during the opening ceremony were CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Chairman of COHSOD, Honourable Minister of Education - Bahamas Jeffrey Lloyd.

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