Cohesion workshop targets Region Six officials

DPI, Guyana, Friday, December 15, 2017

A Diversity Education and Inclusion Training Workshop in Region Six (East Berbice Corentyne) hosted by the Ministry of Social Cohesion, targeted officials of the Regional Democratic Council, Mayor of New Amsterdam and Town Council Municipality, Police and civil society.

The various groups benefitted from the two-day workshop, which was held at Eclipse Hall, Main and Church Street New Amsterdam Berbice. The exercise commenced on December 11 and concluded on December 12.

Technical Officer within the Ministry of Social Cohesion with the responsibility for Regions Five and Six, Natasha Singh Lewis, had disclosed that the sessions aim to help the participants to first identify their own hidden biases, which may contribute to the isolation of others, and become more aware of the diversity within their communities.

The Mayor of New Amsterdam Winifred Haywood, who was present throughout the two-day workshop, urged the participants to make full use of the sessions, as it will equip them with necessary skills that will help them better serve their diverse communities.

At the conclusion of the exercise, Regional Education Officer Volika Jaikissoon in brief remarks, noted that social cohesion begins with an individual and their mindset towards others around them. Jaikissoon explained that social cohesion involves various persons within a community living and working together in accord to develop their area.

Several of the participants disclosed that they intend to share the knowledge gained from the workshop with their peers, to help them to transform their lives and communities.

Tasha Daniels, a Constable of the Guyana Police Force said she decided to participate in the workshop, because she wanted to be more knowledgeable about social cohesion. Daniels says she is proud of herself since she can now return to work and further educate coworkers on what she learnt during the workshop and impact those in her environs.

By: Tanuja Raikha

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