Kabakaburi residents take advantage of sensitisation outreach
DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Ministry of Social Cohesion’s team on Sunday called upon the residents of Kabakaburi to unite, during their sensitisation and awareness campaign.
Natasha Singh-Lewis, Technical Officer attached to the Ministry of Social Cohesion, advised the residents to put aside their differences and focus on the village’s development.
“We have to work to resolve them (issues). Our ministry’s vision and mission speaks to cohesion and togetherness that will work for all of us,” Singh-Lewis said.
Deodat Singh, District Secondary School Education Officer, expressed his appreciation for hosting of the sensitisation campaign, noting that it aims to bring the people together for a greater purpose. He also encouraged the villagers to speak frankly about matters regarding the education sector and any attending issues.
“I know that some of you have concerns about education, hence I am here to assist you in any way I can, concerning those matters,” Singh assured.
One of the issues raised was the call for further support in the production of bamboo furniture. Pauline Chance, a resident, said that there is a demand for the bamboo furniture she and others are currently making. However, their small business ventures are in need of chemicals to colour and cure the bamboo.
Regarding the issue of the construction of the Kabakaburi Secondary School, residents are requesting further collaboration with the regional officials. It was highlighted that Kabakaburi residents had selected a site for the construction of the school but regional officials made the decision to attach it to the nursery school.
Also discussed was the creation of jobs for youth employment and assistance to tackle the issue of bullying in schools.
Kabakaburi Toshao, Steven Simon said that he was appreciative of the response shown by the residents during the team’s visit. Simon noted that there is room for inclusion and collaboration among the people, regardless of political affiliation and religion.
Shabbir Ali, Liaison Officer attached to the ministry, thanked the residents for highlighting the areas of concern and assured they will be dealt with through the respective channels.
The Ministry has to date visited 30 communities in its sensitisation and awareness campaign. The team is slated to visit Queenstown, Lima Sand, and Mainstay among other areas for the duration of their outreach in the region. They have also launched an education programme on diversity for teachers and students.
By: Neola Damon