UNICEF presents State of the World’s Children Report – 31st May 2013
A Report on the State of the World’s children was presented by the United Nations Children Educational Fund and it threw the spotlight on Children with disabilities. The report was presented at the National Park playground amidst a steady downpour that had threatened to disrupt the proceedings. The venue was chosen because the Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown, along with UNICEF, had made some refurbishments to the play area to cater for persons with disabilities and Chairman of the National Commission on Disability, Evelyn Hamilton said Guyana has been implementing some of the recommendations of the Report.
UNICEF Representative for Guyana and Suriname, Suleiman Braimoh said that developing countries unfortunately have the highest number of persons living with disabilities.
Minister of Education Priya Manickchand said that funding for several programmes for vulnerable persons in the society have been cut by international agencies because Guyana was now assessed as having the resources to do so on its own. She said the State and other stakeholders must live up to the expectations of those vulnerable groups in society.
The role of UNICEF was highlighted by Ms. Henry of the Inner Wheel Club, whose motivation came from her organization’s goal of securing a happier future and Helping children around the world.