22 graduate as parenting facilitators
Twenty-two men and women, all of them parents, graduated from the Mothers’ Union Diocese of Guyana Parenting Programme, yesterday.
The graduation ceremony for the ninth Group of Facilitators was held at the Guyana Red Cross building, and attracted Diocesan President and Parenting Trainer, Sheran Harper; Parenting Programme Administrator, Lena Edmondson; and Minister of Labour, Manzoor Nadir as guest speaker.
According to Mrs Harper, the 22 graduates, who were split into two groups, will now join in the efforts carried out by 65 acting Facilitators who have already worked with some 1500 families across the coastlands and interiors of Guyana.
The programme has so far, as described by Mrs Harper, encouraged and empowered men and women alike to care for the family institution.
The programme, which lasted from August 24 to August 29, saw volunteers coming from all sections of society. Some came from different churches, and some from the Red Cross and from youth programmes.
Yesterday’s graduation ceremony also marked the last for Mrs Sheran Harper, who from next week will take on the position of World Wide Parenting Trainer of Trainers.
Minister Nadir made reference to the many children in society today who are having children of their own.
He explained that this should not be the end for those young people who have found themselves in these situations, and suggested that the family institution should be there to help those young parents through that difficult part of their lives.
He made reference to the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”, indicating that the community has a role in the development of every child in the neighbourhood. Nadir charged the graduates to “reach beyond the diocese”, describing the task now before each of them as a divinity endowed upon them, saying that there was a greater calling, beyond the Mothers’ Union and beyond Guyana.