Canada approves Cdn$5.3M teacher training grant
May 24, 2004
Guyana is one of two countries to benefit from a Cdn$5.3 million grant provided by the Canadian government to support basic education and teacher training initiatives.
The other country is Burkina Faso.
A Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) release issued on Thursday said that Canada's Minister of Health/Intergovernmental Affairs, Pierre Pettigrew had made the announcement on behalf of International Co- operation Minister Aileen Carroll.
The funding, which is being disbursed by CIDA, was provided for in the March 2004 federal budget.
In both countries, the education initiatives will be conducted by Tecsult Ltd of Montreal, which has been awarded the contract through a competitive process.
According to the release, Tecsult will receive $2.1 million over a two-year period to continue its existing partnership with the Cyril Potter College of Education.
This includes developing pedagogical materials and administrative systems to carry out distance education programmes at various levels across Guyana.
In particular, the release said that the initiative would respond to the needs of Amerindian women teacher trainees living in remote regions of the country.
The release quoted Carroll as saying that that the funds will provide women and children in Guyana and Burkina Faso with the tools to improve their own lives and to build a better and sustainable future for themselves and their families.