EU Funds UG - ChildLink Project to Strengthen Community Response in Managing Migrant and other Emergency Responses in Guyana
The University of Guyana, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ChildLink – a Non-Governmental Organisation, under a project funded by the European Union (EU). This agreement would see the University developing two programmes aimed at strengthening the capacity of humanitarians and social workers with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to effectively and efficiently manage migrant and other emergencies impacting communities in Guyana.
The MoU was signed during a simple ceremony at the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Turkeyen Campus. The initiative is being funded by the European Office in Guyana and will boost the capacity of both pre-university and UG Social Work students to deal with migration and other disasters and offer much-needed psychosocial support.
University of Guyana’s Vice-Chancellor, XI, Prof. Paloma Mohamed Martin expressed sincere thanks to the European Union for funding the project, noting that the initiative will bring communities together with resources they desperately need.
Prof. Mohamed Martin further posited that the influx of migrants from Venezuela and Brazil have increased due to COVID-19. “Often when we have these global tragedies it is the smallest and the most vulnerable who are forgotten. This project does not forget them and for that, we are very thankful to ChildLink for helping the University to be involved in bringing relief to those persons who most need it at the community and individual levels,” the VC said.
Ambassador of the European Union to Guyana, His Excellency Fernando Ponz Canto in his remarks posited that the European Union is very happy to finance the programme as part of a boarder programme to help those who are most at risk during these difficult times.
Ambassador Ponz Canto highlighted that UG will play an instrumental role in implementing, equipping and training 50 persons per year so that the right kind of social services that are needed for the children can be provided. “It is instrumental that children are linked to the communities and social services so that they can receive the assistance that is needed," the Ambassador noted.
University of Guyana’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Emanuel Cummings stated that the MoU will further enhance and complement the work being done by the University. “We are pleased to be a part of this initiative that will ensure that our social workers and our sociologist are trained and equipped with the kind of knowledge that is needed to ensure this programme is successful," Prof. Cummings expressed.
Dean of UG’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Paulette Henry in brief remarks noted that it is a privilege for the University to formally engage with ChildLink and the European Union.
“This coming together for Social Work and ChildLink to design a programme for communities and to manage migrant emergencies are essential. This will allow our social workers to continue to do the work they do, as well as allow our undergraduate and graduate students to select from among these courses as electives," Dr. Henry highlighted.
Consultant of ChildLink, Ms. Bonita Harris representing Chair of the Board said: “This collaboration with UG is to engage academics so as to increase knowledge and skills to create opportunities for professionals to be more equipped to address emergencies in Guyana.”
Ms. Harris added: "This initiative places more emphasis on target groups that have influential roles in making communities safer and inclusive for children and their families, including migrants and children with disability. We recognise this as a good opportunity to engage the University of Guyana in creating more tangible changes in these emergencies.”
For more information on the programme to be offered, please make contact with Dr. Paulette Henrey at email@example.com.
Link to the recording: https://youtu.be/Kz_qCVyqXk0
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