Ministry of Education, Guyana

1) Review of the legal and institutional framework applicable to Indigenous Peoples. 

The legal and institutional framework applicable Amerindian Peoples in Guyana is governed by the Amerindian Act 2006. The Act provides "for recognition and protection of the collective rights of Amerindian Villages and Communities, the granting of land to Amerindian Villages and Communities and the promotion of good governance within Amerindian Villages and Communities". Among other things it lays out the Governance structure, composition, function and power of the Village Councils and mandate/duties of the Toshao as village representative. The Act further established the National Toshao Council (NTC). Additionally the Amerindian Act 2006 established the inalienability of village lands and the allocation and lease of lands to residents.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has set the attainment of quality Universal Secondary Education (USE) as a major objective in its current Education Strategic Plan (ESP).


This Environmental Assessment and Management Plan (EAMP) has been developed for the civil works proposed as part of the Government of Guyana’s Secondary Education Improvement Project, to be financed by the World Bank. The proposed projects are the construction of 4 new Government Secondary Schools (GSS) which are listed below:

  1. La Parfaite Harmony GSS. In Region 3, a 1000 student school (Grade A+)
  2. Yarrakabra in the Upper East Bank. In Region 4, a 800-student school (Grade A+)
  3. Good Hope/Lusignan GSS. In Region 4, a 800 student school (Grade A).

Having achieved Millenium Development Goal Number 2, that is; Universal Primary Education, the Ministry of Education has committed itself to attaining Universal Secondary Education (USE).
While secondary education is available in most regions of Guyana, the Ministry is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to ensure that USE is achieved throughout the entire country. Indeed the Ministry’s vision is to make good quality education accessible, available and affordable to all secondary school-aged Guyanese.

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