Locations

Berbice and Georgetown

Partners

Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association, Ministry of Education, The Guyana Foundataion, Ruimveldt Children's Aid Centre, Youth Advocacy Movement, Guyana National Television and Radio Stations

Focus

Work with likeminded organizations to engage in exercises that enhance awareness and understanding of primarily mental and sexual health topics. This includes working with peers in a classroom setting, youth groups outside of the classroom, and the general public via the TV and radio

The Guyana initiative was the first to be established by QHO in 1989. The initiative aims to promote healthy lifestyle awareness through partnerships with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport. Eight Peer Educators are hired and trained throughout the school year to provide needs-based peer education. Four of these Peer Educators teach in public and private secondary schools within Georgetown, the capital city of Guyana. This group also works with the Ruimveldt Children’s Aid Centre and the Youth Advocacy Movement associated with the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association. The second set of four Peer Educators teaches within the Berbice region of Guyana. The QHO Guyana initiative expanded to this location in 2014, and has continued to work with primary and secondary classrooms. Peer Educators also engage with community groups, youth spaces, and training centres throughout the seven week initiative. The main focuses of the QHO Guyana initiative are to enhance the accessibility of resources for students, collaborate with more local groups and to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health and Sexually Transmitted Infections.