(March 28, 2023) – The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Health’s Mental Health Unit is hosting a two-day workshop for Guidance and Counselling Officers, and Schools Welfare Officers.
The training is being held in the auditorium at the National Centre for Educational Resources Development (NCERD). It is being facilitated by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Mark Constantine and a team from the Mental Health Unit.
During the opening of the two-day session, Chief Schools Welfare Officer(ag), Mr Vickram Mohabir, in brief remarks highlighted that many students may be silently facing anxiety and depression, among other challenges, as such, combating these is critical.
He stated that the workshop is part of a series of training sessions which will be undertaken to provide Guidance and Counselling Officers, and Schools Welfare Officers with the skills to early recognize the signs and provide the necessary support needed.
Delivering remarks on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, Education Specialist, Dr Olato Sam said that the officers play a role in preparing students for the challenges of adult life.
“You hold the key for unlocking the tools, strategies and mechanisms for coping in an ever-evolving complex society.”
He further added the training is aimed at ensuring all officers fully understand their roles and responsibilities.
Facilitator, Dr Constantine expressed appreciation on behalf of the Ministry of Health to collaborate on the workshop.
The training is being attended by Guidance and Counselling Officers, and Schools Welfare Officers from Regions One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Nine and Ten.