Washington, April 28 2017 – More than 150,000 students and teachers will improve Mathematics learning and teaching, and benefit from an improved medical faculty as a result of a US$13.3 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) approved today by the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank.
Guyana has achieved near-universal primary education enrollment between 2014 and 2017 and secondary education is expanding rapidly. Education continues to be a priority for the government. However, low quality of teaching and learning at all levels and inequalities in learning outcomes present significant challenges. Only 14 percent of grade 2 students achieved ‘standard’ scores in literacy and numeracy in 2016.
“Quality education is one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and boosting inclusive growth. Improving the quality of teaching is essential to ensure that the skills learned in the classroom lay the foundation for future work-place success,” said Tahseen Sayed, World Bank country director for the Caribbean. “The World bank remains Guyana’s strong partner to support enhancements in teaching competencies and improvements in students learning outcomes”.
Among concrete results to be achieved by the project are:
- A new curriculum framework, teaching guides and course outlines for nursery, primary and lower secondary levels;
- 6,500 teachers trained in the new curriculum;
· A new building and facilities for the University of Guyana’s Faculty of Health Sciences; and
- Improved standards of the University of Guyana’s medical program in line with the Caribbean Accreditation Authority in Medicine and other Health Professions.
The project builds on a long engagement in education in Guyana, including two previous and three ongoing projects amounting to about US$ 62 Million. It is financed by IDA, the World Bank Group's concessional financing window. It also builds on UNICEF-Bank collaboration to improve nursery education and will help Guyana meet health education standards of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in health education. The credit has a final maturity of 25 years, including a grace period of 5 years.