Hinterland to benefit from 7-year Peace Corps programme

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first_imgThe Education Ministry and the Peace Corps Guyana on Wednesday signed a seven-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to aid with the Ministry’s mission to provide an education system that delivers quality education and training at all levels.The signing ceremony was attended by US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway; Education Minister Nicolette Henry and Peace Corps Guyana Country Director Kury Cobham.In her remarks, the Education Minister stated that she believed that such partnerships would strengthen the collaboration between the two entities and ultimately result in good outcomes.It was also reiterated that the Ministry was grateful for the support which it has received from the Peace Corps in the areas of health, education and the environment. In this way, students from the coastal and hinterland regions will be assisted in their educational development.“When we come together and forge strong partnerships and collaboration, onlyUS Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway (second from left) with Education Minister Nicolette Henry (third from left) and members of the Peace Corpsgood things can happen and in this instance, our common goals and objectives are clearly mapped out in this document. Together through this MoU, we will be able to strengthen the mutual relationship between our agencies,” Henry stated.She added, “We will also be able to complement the work and activities related to Peace Corps Guyana’s values and missions and well-being, which align very well with the Ministry of Education’s vision and goal and in particular, the health and family life department.”Meanwhile, US Ambassador Holloway asserted that the Peace Corps was here to stay so long as the body was allowed to do so.“In reality, in about seven years Guyana is going to change, hopefully for the better in lots of ways. Peace Corps has been here since 1966. We’re here to stay if we’re welcomed to stay,” Holloway stated.The placement of these volunteers will ensure maximum impact on the education sector by aiding to build the knowledge of the students in the various regions of Guyana to which they are deployed, while also improving their personal development.The Peace Corps Country Director explained that volunteers would serve as primary literacy promoters, working with children from Grades One to Four, teaching them to read and enhancing their learning environment while supporting parents and caregivers.On the other hand, health volunteers will be assigned to secondary schools to assist children between the ages of 10 and 14 with the skills to adopt healthy behaviours. In relation to the environment, the volunteers are expected to work with primary schools to co-deliver the national science curriculum.At present, Peace Corps Guyana has 40 volunteers with another 37 to come on board in August and will operate in eight regions of Guyana.last_img

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