The MOU, which will span a period of seven years, was inked yesterday between the Ministry and Peace Corps Guyana at a signing ceremony in the boardroom of the Ministry’s 21 Brickdam, Georgetown boardroom.
The MOU was signed by Minister of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry, and Ms. Kury Cobham, Country Director, Peace Corps Guyana.
It is expected that the MOU will aid the Ministry’s mission to provide an education system that delivers quality education and training at all levels.
Yesterday’s signing was witnessed by, among others, the United States of America [USA] Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Perry Holloway.
Minister Henry said when such partnerships are formed, along with strong collaboration, there can be only good things resulting.
Further, the Education Minister shared her belief that the collaboration between the Peace Corps and her Ministry will strengthen the mutual relationship between the two agencies. “Together, we will be able to complement the work and activities related to Peace Corps Guyana’s youth Health and well-being programme,” said Minister Henry.
She iterated that the Education Ministry and the Government of Guyana [GoG] are grateful for the support that they have been receiving from the Peace Corps in the areas of health, education and the environment.
Also delivering remarks yesterday was Ambassador Holloway who assured that the Peace Corps is here to stay, so long as the body is allowed to do so. He said, yesterday, that Peace Corps forms an important part of the United States Mission in Guyana.
According to Ambassador Holloway, each of the three Peace Corps projects [health, education and environment] will now collaborate with the Ministry’s technical staff to place volunteers in schools.
The placement of these volunteers will ensure maximum impact with a view to assisting to build girls’ and boys’ knowledge and skills while supporting their academic achievement and personal development.
Country Director, Peace Corps Guyana, Ms. Cobham, explained that Education Volunteers will serve as primary literacy promoters where they will work with children from Grades One to Four, teaching them to read, enhancing their learning environment and supporting parents and caregivers.
On the other hand, health volunteers will be assigned to secondary schools to assist boys and girls between the ages of 10-14 to adopt life skills and healthy behaviour. 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 slated to come on board in August. Peace Corps volunteers operate in Regions One, Two, Three, Five, Six, Seven, Nine and Ten.
Peace Corps first stint in Guyana was in 1966 and the body generally provides the most attention to communities with the greatest development challenges and the fewest resources with which to address them.
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