Minister of Education, Dr. Nicolette Henry today commissioned Guyana’s
first ever Mobile Psychosocial Unit.
Minister Henry noted schools’ psychosocial support services are
intended to create a safe learning environment for children while
enabling them to attain age-appropriate development and understanding.
> “It is my expectation that led by the Welfare Unit [we] will go to where the children are and provide the services where they are needed,” Minister Henry said.
Funding for the mobile unit was made in the Ministry of Education’s
2018 budget. Acting Deputy Chief Education Officer, Ingrid Trotman
said the unit seeks to improve attendance in public schools.
“The focus of the mobile unit is to increase the learner’s ability to
exercise control, reduce stress levels, enhance learners’ resilience,
enable the use of effective coping skills, serve as a quick response
to trauma and maximise the support of family and friends.”
The Ministry of Education will work in collaboration with the
Ministries of Public Health, Social Protection and Public Security to
achieve cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes in students
across Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four).