Guyana will benefit from a US$6.7-million grant that it will use to improve learning in nursery schools, increase technology use in primary schools, and improve functionality of the national education management information system.
This comes after the World Bank approved the disbursement of the grant through the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to the Guyana Education Sector Program Project.
While Ozan Sevimli, World Bank Resident Representative for Jamaica and Guyana commended Guyana’s education sector for making progress over the last 15 years, he noted, “… however, the learning outcomes remain low, and improving the quality of education at all levels will be the priority for Guyana to develop its human capital.”
At the nursery level, the project will support training to improve teaching methodology and delivery of a new curriculum, The training will include foundational skills, as well as student-centred pedagogy, formative assessments, and socio-emotional aspects, which are of particular importance during the pandemic.
The project will also provide learning materials and deliver parental education.
“…Improving the quality of education at all levels will be the priority for Guyana to develop its human capital”— World Bank Resident Representative for Jamaica and Guyana Ozan Sevimli
Moving up the primary level, the project will focus on equipping schools with computer tablets to enable students to use technology for foundational skills like mathematics and literacy, as well as smart classrooms to support learning. Given the inequitable access to learning during the school closures, technology-assisted learning can facilitate teaching and cater to more learning styles for students with different needs.
Finally, the project will finance the further development and roll-out of an integrated education management information system at the national level in the nursery, primary and secondary sectors. This enhanced system will generate information, enabling stakeholders across levels to make informed and evidence-based decisions.
According to Alice Albright, GPE chief executive officer, “As the impact of the pandemic on education is still being felt around the world, GPE’s support to strengthen education in Guyana is more critical than ever,”
“GPE will continue to help make Guyana’s education system more resilient and effective so that the most vulnerable girls and boys can go to school and learn,” she added.
This project will complement two ongoing projects financed by the World Bank’s International Development Association.
The Education Sector Improvement Project aims to improve mathematics education and the University of Guyana’s Faculty of Health Sciences. The Secondary Education Improvement Project is also strengthening innovative teaching methods, increasing enrolment in secondary schools, and supporting school construction.