The Guyana Minister of Education Hon. Rupert Roopnaraine has expressed the support of his Ministry and the Guyana Government for the national consultations on Human Resources Development that were launched in Guyana on Monday. Minister Roopnarine expressed those views in an interview with the CARICOM Secretariat following the opening ceremony for the first HRD Consultation at the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD). The Education Minister said his government was pleased with the fact that the consultations were being done and said that the expected end result from the development and implementation of the HRD Strategy had to be ‘the twenty first century citizen”. He said he expected that the people coming out of the education system after the strategy is implemented will be more productive.
The CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the Human Resource Development Commission has embarked on a series of national consultations that are expected to help shape the Regions education and human resources. Additional consultations will be held across the CARICOM Member States and are expected to provide insight for the crafting of a Regional Education and Human Resource Development Strategy.
The HRD Commission, a group of experts in various fields across the region responsible for drafting the strategy, was launched in May 2016. Following the launch, a draft of the strategy was done and the ongoing consultations are expected to feed into a second draft of the strategy.
Consultations will be held in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize, The Bahamas and Jamaica. A joint consultation for all OECS Member States will be hosted in Saint Lucia. Check out the above clip to hear what Minister Roopnaraine had to say about the consultations.