Guyana Human Development Centre
Guyana has a rich history of immigration; from the first Dutch settlers, to the English to the Indian, African, Portuguese and Chinese labourers who have all contributed to the cultural and religious traditions of the country. However, more recently it is experiencing large scale emigration. For young people, a lack of jobs and opportunities are forcing them out of the country. Two out of every three university graduates leaves. This departure of talent is stunting economic growth. On top of this, Guyana has one of the highest suicide and depression rates in the world. Unlike most developing countries the population growth is negligible.
A small country on the north coast of South America, Guyana links the Caribbean to the Amazon basin. Ninety percent of the small population live along the narrow coastal strip next to the Caribbean. And yet, in the capital of Georgetown empty, derelict houses are a common sight.
Roshnie is a young woman of twenty-three who lives in Berbice, on the East coast. Unlike many of her contemporaries she has decided to stay and work in Guyana. After completing a computer course at the at Jesuit Guyana Human Development Centre (GHDC) when she finished school, she became a computer tutor and is now enabling others to follow in her footsteps.
Communications Officer, Stephanie Beech, recently visited GHDC and says “Roshnie’s passion for her work is infectious, she is a real role model for her students. It was clear how much she enjoys her work.”
Roshnie said, “I’m really happy here and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. I really enjoy supporting the students and seeing them progress throughout the course.”
After five years of working there she is also able to step in and teach other classes whenever a teacher is ill so that the students never miss a lesson.
Assistant Director of the GHDC, Angelita Omar, praises Roshnie, “She is really invested in the student’s welfare. She’s here to make a real difference to their lives. What’s so great about the GHDC is that the students and teachers are one big family. We are all able to share our problems with one another. It is more than simply a place of learning.”
Stephanie adds, “With so many young people leaving Guyana, the country’s future is in real jeopardy. The GHDC gives young people the opportunity to learn new skills after they finish school, improving their employment opportunities and giving more people like Roshnie an alternative option to leaving.”
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