Joint Work for Children’s rights and needs in Guyana: UNICEF and partners review the 2019 Plan

In line with the 2017-2021 Country Program between the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and UNICEF, a joint technical review meeting will be co-led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNICEF

19 August 2019

Georgetown, Guyana, July 30, 2019 -  In line with the 2017-2021 Country Program between the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), a joint technical review meeting will be co-led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNICEF with Government agencies and non-state entities on Wednesday 31st July at Pegasus. The discussions will cover progress and challenges on the implementation of the joint Annual Work Plan (AWP) 2019 as well as way forward to accelerate delivering results for children in Guyana.

These include scaling up access to services for children - including the expansion of the Sexual Offences Court to Berbice and planned expansion to Essequibo (by August), support to Child Advocacy Centres (CAC) in Regions 2 and 7, support for the reforms in education - including the Draft Education Strategic Plan, and wider efforts to plan for the prevention and response to adolescent pregnancy which includes a multi sectoral costed plan to reduce adolescent pregnancy and the implementation of the Reintegration Policy for adolescent mothers into the formal school system. As part of the AWP, UNICEF has provided support to facilitate birth registration of children to narrow the gap (11% non-registered), plans of action on issues surrounding child labour, children in need of adequate parental care or alternative sentencing. In compliance with international standards (i.e. HCCH follow-up), these efforts will help to protect the rights of children, especially as the Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 30 this year. Also, with partners in Education, Protection, Water and Sanitation sectors, UNICEF Guyana has worked with host and migrant (Venezuelan) communities particular in Regions 1 and 2 to provide access to clean  drinking water and sanitation facilities, education, sports and culture programmes plus ensure access to reporting services (e.g. legal aid)  to ensure members of the communities can receive basic care and support. With partners, UNICEF looks forward in ensuring that all children and youth meet their greatest potential.  

#For every child, a fair chance.

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