Adult Education Association of Guyana, Inc., M.S. – providing a second chance to Guyanese through its programmes that are tailored to individual needs.
The Association can boast of its experience and remarkable track record in Adult education in Guyana. AEA was the pioneer of Adult Education in Guyana and for several decades was the premier agency delivering non-formal education and affordable skills training.
The Association was awarded a national honour in 1998 in appreciation of its work. It functions are: to liaise and coordinate between organisations/agencies and persons concerned with all levels of Adult Education; to lend help to persons and organisation that need help at all level; to make sure that measures are taken to eradicate adult illiteracy: build their technical and professional skills, and help them with opportunities for the development of their personalities. We of the Association take action to eradicate adult illiteracy and assist adults to develop their basic education, improve their technical or professional skills as well as to provide them with opportunities for the full development of their personalities. Over time we have trained successfully thousands of person. Our certificates are recognized by employers locally, regionally and internationally.
The Association currently has programmes offering courses in Georgetown and the Demerara region. Centres have been established in Rosignol, West Coast Berbice, Lower Corentyne and Bartica. The Adult education association has been establishing linkages and co-operating with government institutions and other Non-Governmental Organisations. It is a founding member of the International council of Adult Education and of the Caribbean Council of Adult Education. The Association has collaborated with the United Nations Population fund Guyana (UNFPA) in conducting training in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender education; as well as parenting workshops country wide – sensitizing the nation of the relevant issues.
We were also engaged in upgrading training for persons desirous of entering the Cyril Potter college of Education (CPCE), Government Technical Institute (GTI and Carnegie School of Home Economics (CSHE); and of recent an upgrading programme. Presently we are conducting a Pre work ready Programme with USAID funded skills and knowledge for youth employment (SKYPE) Project targeting two hundred and eighty youths in Regions 4 and 6.
The Association has within recent years received support from Partners in rural development through the Building Community Capacity Project (BCCP) in a number of areas including capacity building and programme outreach. It also receives support from Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, the Canadian Executive Service Organisation, individual citizens and the Local Private Sector. It has also received assistance from the Government of Guyana in the form of an annual subvention, and through the use of some school buildings after hours.