Child-friendly regional profile
Region 10: Upper Demerara-Berbice
The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) are committed to the wellbeing and development of Guyanese children.
The Government at the national and sub-national levels is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). UNICEF is the custodian or co-custodian of 10 of the SDG indicators (stunting, wasting/overweight, skilled attendance at birth, under five mortality, neonatal mortality, early childhood development, early marriage, FGM/C, child discipline and sexual violence against children).
This commitment is demonstrated by their support for the generation and dissemination of evidence to inform the development of plans, policies, projects, and programmes to address equity gaps in areas of survival, lifelong learning, protection and participation of children.
The inland region of Upper Demerara- Berbice contains the largest portion of the Hilly Sand and Clay Area. Guyana’s principal bauxite deposits are found in the White Sands area. The 39,992 people of this ‘bauxite region’ work mainly with bauxite companies Linmine (at Linden and Ituni) and Bermine (at Everton and Kwakwani).
The extracted bauxite is exported to make aluminum. Cattle rearing and forestry are also done on very small scales.
The regional centre is in the town of Linden where the majority of the region’s population resides.