…with a more holistic training programme targeting youthsFollowing a successful run, the Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) initiative will be replaced with a more holistic training programme targeting youths across the country.This was according to Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Allicock explained that while the current HEYS initiative has accomplished much, it would be restructured to incorporate other training programmes for youths in the various sectors. This will be achieved through a collaboration between the Ministries of Education and Social Cohesion.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock“This will be done to create a more holistic training package for youths throughout Guyana. Currently, the first cohort of the HEYS programme is being reviewed and from that information, we will be guided. The aim is to incorporate all the other programmes and to create an aggressive package for the youths in Guyana,” Minister Allicock explained.The Education Ministry has been tasked with developing a paper for the new programme. Additionally, the Green Enterprise Development Centre that will be established at Bina Hill, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), will further prepare Indigenous youths for the anticipated developments expected to accrue from the oil and gas sector.The flagship initiative is expected to serve 120 students from Regions One, Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten. The sum of $79 million has been allocated in the 2018 Budget to commence the construction of the facility.Some 1872 Indigenous youths received training through the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry in a number of skilled areas. Another 1958 youths are nearing completion of their training, making it a total of 3830 trained over a two-year period.The Government’s vision is to develop and implement a plan for a universalising programme of technical and vocational training, through the creation of skills training centres and programmes in every region.
Following the conclusion of Village Council elections throughout Region Two (Supenaam-Pomeroon), two toshaos have retained their positions while seven new village leaders have been sworn in to represent the residents in their communities.Toshao Sherman Lyte (long sleeve brown shirt) and his council in KabakaburiToshao Sherman Lyte (long sleeve brown shirt) and his council in KabakaburiRalph Hendricks has been elected the new Toshao of Capoey, replacing Melrose Henry; while Philbert Gudge has replaced Harold Marslowe as Toshao of Bethany.In Wakapao, Howard Cornelius has replaced Errol Williams as Toshao. The new Toshao of St. Monica/Karawab is Thomas Charles, who has replaced James Miguel; while Michael Samuels has been elected his deputy.After the votes had been counted in Kabakaburi, it was determined that Sherman Lyte has been elected to replace former Toshao Cleveland Simon. Aubrey Fredricks took the title of Toshao of St. Deny’s in Tapakuma, thus replacing former Toshao James Schadde.David Wilson retained by a landslide his position as Toshao of Akawini. Wilson has pledged to continue efforts to develop his community; while Mashabo Toshao Sylvin Raphael has also retained his position.The Region Two Administration has said it expects the elected toshaos and their councils to provide efficient and effective management that will ensure the development of their respective communities.