US$83M to push technical-vocational education

DPI, GUYANA, Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Organisation of American States (OAS) has pumped some US$83M into the development of technical and vocational programmes in Guyana.

An official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Education and the OAS took place earlier today in the ministry’s boardroom.

Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry and OAS Country Representative, Jean Ricot Dormeus with the MOU.

Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry said the country’s development hinges on that of the people and it is bilateral partners like the OAS that continue to thrust this mandate further.

“I know that that this agreement and funding are targeted specifically at technical and vocational skills development, both at the secondary and post-secondary level and so I know that this will be very impactful in terms of the development of our youth population.”

The minister added that too often the system focuses on mainstream academics, without equal emphasis on technical and vocational skills. It is for that particular reason, the minister noted, that the injection of funds is most welcome.

OAS Country Representative, Jean Ricot Dormeus spoke of the organisation’s pillar of Sustainable Development, which also includes the development of educational programmes. The funding, he said, comes under the umbrella of equality, inclusive and equitable education promoted by the Development Corporation Fund managed by the OAS.

“We know that we need it all. People need good jobs and with good technical and vocational education, they will be able to secure those jobs and even set up their own businesses in the future, so that the country can improve and grow its economy.”

The multimillion agreement was signed by the OAS representative and the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Vibert Welch.

 

By: Alexis Rodney

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