The Ministry of Education (MOE) is dedicated to ensuring that all citizens of Guyana, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, physical or mental disability, or socio-economic status are given the best possible opportunity to achieve their full potential. This is being achieved through equal access to quality education as defined by the standards and norms outlined by the Ministry. The commitment to quality and equity in education with no barriers in access to anyone is clear in this declaration.
The Ministry defines education as more than the instrumental activity for supporting greater national development or reducing poverty; even though it can contribute significantly to both of these objectives. It has intrinsic value. It is the main way to help each human being achieve his/her highest potential. It should be able to give the nation’s citizens the necessary knowledge, skills and values to lead happy and productive lives. On the basis of the education they receive, they should love their country and respect the diversity of its ethnic, religious and cultural traditions. They should adhere to the ideals and practice of democracy, justice, peace, diversity and accountability.
In addition, although children are, and should be, the main focus of educational efforts, rapidly changing economic circumstances and developments in technology require that the Ministry commit to a policy of providing continuing education and training opportunities to the adult population.