Women's Issues In Guyana

Teachers targeted to help register single parents

Posted in Culture & Society,Gender Equality by wiig on April 23, 2008
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– to benefit from $100M fund

Guyana Chronicle – April 23, 2008

HEADTEACHERS of various schools, particularly in the nursery section, have been targeted by the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security to help in the single parents’ registration process countrywide.

A sum of $100M was allocated from this year’s Budget for the setting up of a fund to provide support to vulnerable single parents.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Priya Manickchand, yesterday met headteachers of several nursery schools in Georgetown to discuss the importance of their role in this process.

Minister Manickchand told the teachers at the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School that the Government recognised that single parents are most affected due to the increasing food prices.

More than 100 registration forms were distributed to the various teachers. A form will be given to each student who will ensure that their parents received it, and if in need, apply for the benefits.  

Minister Manickchand said the reason for this process is not to embarrass any child/children but to ensure that almost all single parents get the opportunity to become a registrant.

This method she said will further help children who are really in need and will also reach out to a larger population.

The teachers were urged to distribute the forms to members in their community and other persons who are seen as being vulnerable.

Permanent Secretary of the Human Services Ministry, Trevor Thomas, gave a brief explanation to the teachers on how the forms should be correctly filled. This is to ensure that forms do not contain incorrect information and the single parent does not lose an opportunity to be registered.

Single parents can also uplift a form at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) offices, schools and from Social workers in their communities.

All single parents are urged to complete the registration form as soon as possible and return it to the respective location of upliftment.

The closing date for the registration process is May 15.

Today, Minister Manickchand will continue the process in several schools in Region Five.


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