UNICEF, Govt partner on Safe School Project for children of Venezuelan migrants

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Guyana and the Government have partnered on a Safe School Project for the children of Venezuelan migrants, who are living in Region One (Barima- Waini) and other regions.
This was announced by UNICEF Guyana’s Emergency Specialist Ian Jones at Monday’s Multi-Stakeholder Committee Meeting at the Department of Citizenship.
As part of the project, UNICEF Guyana is partnering with the University of Guyana’s engineering students to expand the learning spaces in the regions using local materials during the July-August school break.
The Region One villages of Kamwatta, Imbotero, Port Kaituma and Mabaruma will benefit from this initiative while Whitewater and Wauna (also in Region One) will receive learning materials and aids.
Moreover, in partnership with the Education Ministry, UNICEF Guyana will continue its Early Childhood Development engagements in Yarrakita, Imbotero and Khan’s Hill.
Meanwhile, the Department of Citizenship is in the process of finalising a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) developed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the implementation of Population Registration Identity Management Eco System (PRIMES).
Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, in a Ministry of the Presidency Public Information and Press Services release, explained that the PRIMES would see migrants being registered using information and communication technology. The migrants will be issued with a card, which will be used as an indicator that they were processed and are legally in the country.