Overseas volunteers boosting education sector
Sixteen foreign volunteers from Project Plus are getting set to offer their services to the local education sector.

Stabroek News
September 5, 2002

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According to a Government Information Agency (GINA) release, the volunteers met with Minister of Education, Dr Henry Jeffrey and Permanent Secretary Hydar Ally during an orientation session yesterday at the Georgetown Club. The purpose of the session was to alert them to the expectations of the ministry and the major task of their assignment. According to Ally, this was the first time an interfacing session was done at the ministry’s level with the volunteers.

Thirteen of the volunteers are from the United Kingdom while three are from Holland. Fresh from their GCE A’ Levels, the volunteers will be placed in two’s at Paramakatoi Secondary School in Region Eight, Port Kaituma and Santa Rosa Secondary (Moruka) in Region One, Annai and St. Ignatius Secondary in Region Nine, Friendship Community High, Covent Garden and Bladen Hall Secondary Schools in Region Four, for a period of one year. According to GINA, accommodation for them will be provided in the locality where they will be based.

Apart from teaching mainly subjects in Science, Mathematics and English, the volunteers will also be involved in projects in the community, like sports, information technology and health.

The Project Trust volunteers have been giving their services to Guyana since 1995 for one-year periods, gaining experience while awaiting admission to a university. According to GINA, the volunteers are selected based on their academic achievement. The last batch of 18 Project Trust volunteers left Guyana on August 26, 2002.