The Ministry of Education (MoE) has received a donation of COVID-19 personal protective equipment for distribution to schools across the country.
The Ministry of Education announced in a statement yesterday that 80,719 face shields, 24,190 KN95 masks, 126,500 disposable masks, 2,600 surgical gowns and over 6,240 face goggles were among the items donated by Sewa International Guyana.
Sewa International is a non-profit humanitarian service organization based on the Hindu faith founded in 2003. Sewa International is part of a larger movement that began in India in 1989 and is active in twenty countries.
Sewa International’s Senior Representative, Yashpaul Seownarine, handed the items over to the Department’s Permanent Secretary, Alfred King, at the Book Distribution Unit, Evans and Lyng Streets, Charlestown, Georgetown.
Speaking on behalf of Education Minister Priya Manickchand, King expressed her gratitude for the timely donation. He said the articles will complement the ministry’s efforts to keep students, teachers and other staff safe as schools reopen.
“We want to ensure that all schools receive enough protective equipment so that learners, teachers and cleaners can be protected while they provide education.”
According to the statement, the distribution of the items will begin in schools in the hinterland before being moved to the coast and Georgetown.
“Most of our schools in and around Georgetown and other areas, we have already provided a certain amount of protective equipment. So that will supplement what is needed in the school system, at least maybe for the long term replacement of what is already there in the system, but we would have already provided a lot and that will help, ensuring that we can place replacements. ”