Earlier this week, we were invited to attend the closing ceremony of the Guyana Early Childhood Education Project (GECEP). Financed by a US$1.7 million GPE grant, the program was implemented under the leadership of the government of Guyana with support from the World Bank.
The goal of GECEP was to improve literacy and numeracy skills for children in preschool through grade 1 in remote areas of the country. The program ran from 2015 to 2018 and it achieved remarkable results in improving learning and equity in early childhood education.
Gathering over 150 participants, the ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the program as well as to pay tribute to everyone who contributed to its success.
In attendance were the First Lady of Guyana, Sandra Granger; Honorable Minister of Education Nicolette Henry; Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson; World Bank Task Team Leader Hongyu Yang; GECEP Coordinator Quenita Walrond and Evelyn Hamilton, Chief Planning Officer. Program beneficiaries were also among the audience including master trainers and children.