34th COHSOD opens in Georgetown – to focus on Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy, agreement on Regional Action Plan to be forged

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DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Protection’s Department of Labour are working collaboratively to develop policies and programmes to improve efficiency, effectiveness and quality in the health and education sectors.

Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry.

Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry made this disclosure as she addressed the opening of the 34th Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) hosted today at the Theatre Guild under the theme: Positioning Human Resource Development as Central to Caribbean Resilience and Development.

Health and education, she noted, must be prioritised on governments development agendas, since we now live in a time of scarce human resources.

Minister Henry told the gathering that government has recognised that quality education is reflected in an education system that provides the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes which respond to national and global needs and expectations.

“When your nations are educated on all aspects of life …then our citizens would be able to create a society that is powerful and confident in its existence,” the minister posited.

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said the development of the Regional Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy is another step in the evolution and development of the region’s human capital.

This strategy, Ambassador LaRocque said, seeks to develop the ideal Caribbean person, especially among the youth population.

“With such a grounding our people would be enabled to demonstrate the attributes of good citizenship, integrity and professionalism,” he noted.

The strategy’s successful implementation the CARICOM SG pointed out hinges on the strength of the region’s partnerships and a multisectoral collaborative approach.

Chair of COHSOD and Minister of Education, Youth and Culture, Suriname, Lillian Ferrier noted too that the Strategy addresses several of the issues articulated not only by the region’s youth but by their parents, teachers and the wider community.

The Council is meeting this week in Georgetown from today through to May 4 to discuss the approval of a Regional Action Plan (2018 – 2020) for the HRD 2030 Strategy and forging an agreement on arrangements for the monitoring and evaluation at both regional and national levels of implementation.

Chair of COHSOD, Lillian Ferrier.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

 

By: Stacy Carmichael.

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