Women's Issues In Guyana

Single parent registration moves apace in Region 6

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on April 28, 2008
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– over 10,000 forms distributed

Guyana Chronicle – April 28, 2008

MORE than 150 headteachers from across Region 6 ( East Berbice /Corentyne) last Thursday were sensitised about the single parent registration process and over 10,000 registration forms were given to them for distribution in schools and communities.

The Ministry of Human Services and Social Security has embarked on a programme to garner a database of single parents countrywide, which will inform government of the number of persons who request assistance and what types are required. The registration process began in Regions 4 (Demerara/Mahaica) and 5 (Mahaica Berbice) yesterday.

Some $100M was allocated in the national budget this year for the establishment of a single parents’ fund as was promised by President Bharrat Jagdeo.

The large gathering of headteachers met with Ms. Manickchand at the Auchlyne Primary School where she discussed the importance of their role in the single parents’ registration process and why government has embarked on this mission.  

“The increasing food prices globally are putting vulnerable groups in our society in difficult circumstances, government recognises theses constraints faced and sought to intervene to help the single parents,” Ms. Manickchand explained.

She said it is found that children are feeling the brunt of the situation by not attending school or are limited to accessing quality education provided because their parents are unable to provide for them.

It is the Ministry’s intention to register all persons who are primarily responsible for the financial maintenance of a child/ children. A person would not have to necessarily be the biological parent of a child to access help.

Ms. Manickchand pointed out that an older sibling/guardian or a grandparent who is solely responsible for a child or children will be entitled to access the assistance.

Several teachers used the opportunity to seek additional information to assist single parents. Many of them said that the initiative is timely and praised the government for the intervention.

All single parents are urged to complete the registration form as soon as possible and return it to the location from where it was uplifted. The closing date for the registration process is May 15.

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

Minister Manickchand visited Regions 2 (Pomeroon/Supenaam) and 3 (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara), yesterday to continue the sensitisation process.

In addition to this new initiative, the Ministry also assists children with school uniform vouchers (GINA)


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