Ministry of Education, Guyana

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:26

School children across Guyana to observe International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with a 15 minute presentation recess

School children across Guyana to observe International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with a 15 minute presentation recess facebook.com/MinistryOfEducationGuyana

On November 25, the world observed International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW). The Ministry of Education (MOE); however, feels very strongly that school children should also be sensitized from an early age to respect the rights of each other, particularly, the rights of females. Therefore, in observance of IDEVAW and in an effort to help to raise awareness in what is expected will be an on-going exercise, all schools in Guyana will pause their regular business for approximately 15 minutes on Friday December 6, at 9am to enable experts in the field to discuss and make the students aware of IDEVAW, and this year focuses specifically on domestic violence.



Presently, the Ministry has identified and invited a number of women's rights activists to speak on the issues to school children, with more than 50 volunteers already committing to go into schools. The Ministry believes that this exercise would be compelling and impacting on the student population as they are sensitized not only to the significance of IDEVAW, but also on the great need to remove the scourge domestic violence from our society.

In the event that no volunteer scheduled to go to a school, the administration of that school along with the PTA body will deliver a presentation prepared by central ministry to be read at a general assembly.

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In commenting on this initiative, the Honourable Minister of Education, Ms. Priya Manickchand said: "I am extremely pleased and encouraged with the response so far. We already have 12 volunteers from Men's Empowerment Network, 10 from Help and Shelter, 20 from a private conversation started and ongoing on Facebook and we believe more positive responses from GAWL, the women's arms of the political parties and religious organisations and other invitees will answer the invitation we sent to partner with us on this."

Let us teach children from an early age to respect the rights of each other and work together to eliminate violence against women and domestic abuse in our society.

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