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Needs Assessment on Education for Venezuelans, Returning Guyanese and Venezuelan Warrau in the Mabaruma Sub-District of Region 1

March, 2019

Authors: Charlie Tokeley, Christian Vargas

The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana has shown great generosity and resourcefulness towards assisting persons fleeing the crisis in Venezuela. The communities and local government in Region One have been particularly generous in their support of Venezuelans,  returning Guyanese, and Venezuelan Warrau (hereafter referred to as VRGW), and represent a positive example to the international community. However, inward migration to Guyana places significant pressures on Region One’s institutions and resources, making continued and targeted humanitarian assistance a must.

The present Needs Assessment is the result of consultations with 261 persons in 15 villages and communities over an 18-day period from March-April, 2019. The Assessment sought to evaluate, through a range of interviews and focus group discussions, obstacles towards the enrolment and adequate education of VRGW schoolchildren in the subdistrict of Mabaruma. This report presents the results of this Needs Assessment.

It is clear that additional support could be given in order to assist the Ministry of Education in its efforts to afford VRGW children with equitable educational opportunities. Significant numbers of children continue to be out of school, with challenges arising in terms of engagement with parents, streamlining the enrollment process, and preparing schools and teachers for greater numbers of VRGW children. There are also clear areas of assistance needed for teachers and VRGW students in order to ensure the highest possible standard of education once enrolled, among which efforts to overcome and diminish the language barrier are foremost.

It is our hope that the current Needs Assessment will play an instrumental role in the fulfilment of this commitment.