First-ever mobile counselling vehicle commissioned

− seeks to improve attendance in public schools

− unit enhances collaboration between ministries

− mobile unit aims to improve access to education

DPI, Guyana, Monday, November 5, 2018

Minister of Education, Dr. Nicolette Henry today commissioned Guyana’s first ever Mobile Psychosocial Unit.

Minister Henry noted schools’ psychosocial support services are intended to create a safe learning environment for children while enabling them to attain age-appropriate development and understanding.

“It is my expectation that led by the Welfare Unit [we] will go to where the children are and provide the services where they are needed,” Minister Henry said.

Funding for the mobile unit was made in the Ministry of Education’s 2018 budget. Acting Deputy Chief Education Officer, Ingrid Trotman said the unit seeks to improve attendance in public schools.

“The focus of the mobile unit is to increase the learner’s ability to exercise control, reduce stress levels, enhance learners’ resilience, enable the use of effective coping skills, serve as a quick response to trauma and maximise the support of family and friends.”

The Ministry of Education will work in collaboration with the Ministries of Public Health, Social Protection and Public Security to achieve cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes in students across Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four).

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Images: Jameel Mohamed

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