Across Guyana, students in Grade 5 and 6 who are in the pipeline to take the National Grade Six Assessment are without adequate learning materials while at home due to the current COVID-19 nation-wide lockdown. The lack of access to adequate and quality learning materials, particularly by students in low-income and poor families outside the urban areas put their education and hope for a successful career and life at risk. The Guyana Budget Policy Institute in partnerships with a team of students and teachers from Harvard University have stepped up to help fill this gap by providing access to high-quality materials tailored to the needs of the these students. See full article for how to access these materials and for details on how you can support this project. Together we can secure our children’s future.
The government’s budget for the fiscal year 2018 essentially mortgaged the future of Guyanese and the economy. Despite record level spending, the budget cuts funding for the infrastructure and agriculture sectors that are critical for creating employment opportunities, mostly for low-skilled workers. Lawmakers continued to shift billions to shore up the government bureaucracy instead of better aligning spendings with social and economic needs. There are no major changes in policy direction to steer the economy away from its current downward trajectory.