The Education Ministry's Youth Department recently held two Community Projects in Regions 2 and 10. These community projects are a part of the Youth Department's 2017 work plan; it aligns with the government's move towards a green economy.
This project also aligns with the National Youth Policy. "We are hoping to engage young people in the various Regions in volunteerism via Community Service Projects such as blood drives, environmental cleanup, tree planting exercise and many others," explained Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael.
These projects are schedule to occur on the last Saturday in every month. Collaborations will be between Guyana Blood Bank, Youth Organizations and NGOs and Environmental protection Agency.
The community project in Region 10 took the form of a Community Clean-up under the theme "Clean-up, Green-up in 2017". The objectives of that project were to prevent the worsening condition of pollution in the community, and reduce the amount of existing pollution to the Demerara River since it is the main source of water to the various communities. The project also sought to revitalize and promote invests in the community to make it a healthier green space.
The clean-up campaign was supported by 72 individuals; seven stakeholder agencies which included the Regional Democratic Council, BOSAI Minerals, the Mayor and Town Council, Guyana Mutual Life Insurance Company, Guyana Fire Service, Mackenzie Police Station and Churches Chicken. Eleven youth organizations also supported the activity; these included Social Workers, For the Children Sake Foundation, Health Living, GYSM, Bayroc Youth Friendly, PYARG, Children of the Future, Young and Thoughtful Youth Group, Drainage and Irrigation, Experiment to discover Hope and Assembly of God Church.
Together, the participants worked on sprucing up the area spanning Coop Crescent from the Mackenzie Post Office to New Building Society Bank. Aside from the cleaning, benches were also painted and BOSAI Minerals donated six metal Drums that were placed along Coop Crescent.
Meanwhile, in Queenstown Essequibo, Region 2, the Department of Youth joined forces with the A Different View organisation of Canada to install a play park in the community. This park is intended to meaningfully benefit the community particularly the students who attend the nearby nursery school.