The objectives of the Guyana Education Sector Improvement Project are to support the Government in improving (i) the curricula and teaching quality at the pre-primary, primary, and lower secondary levels and (ii) learning environment in the Faculty of Health Science at The University of Guyana (UG).


The direct Project beneficiaries would be: (i) about 146,000 nursery, primary and lower secondary school students in Guyana , 760 students in University of Guyana (UG) Health Sciences Department ; (ii) approximately 8,700 nursery, primary and lower secondary school teachers, 821 faculty members of UG Health Sciences Department; and (iii) the Ministry of Education, which would benefit through improving capacity in curriculum design. Given current enrollment shares between males and females in these regions, 50 percent of the student beneficiaries in nursery to lower secondary levels would be female. 560 out of 760 (more than 70%) of the UG Health and Sciences student beneficiaries are female. Broadly, high quality education will equip students with profound skills and knowledge, enable students to peruse higher education and obtain decent-paying job, which potentially contribute to Guyana’s economy.


The project would achieve its development objective through implementation of three components:

  1. Integrated Curriculum Reform for Ministry of Education (MOE): (US$5.98 M);
  2. Improve the UG Health Science Facility (US$6.9 M): and
  3. Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (US$1.12 M)

Component 1 (Integrated Curriculum Reform) of the project will be implemented in Hinterland Regions 1, 7, 8, and 9; home to the country’s indigenous, Indigenous populations. Attention will be paid to Indigenous Communities during the project design and implementation in order to ensure that the Indigenous Communities receive social and economic benefits as per OP4.10 (Indigenous Peoples Policy). The objective of the project in these Regions is to improve education quality through integrated curriculum reforms and teacher trainings for 100 Nursery classes associated with Primary Schools, 100 Primary Schools, 13 general secondary schools (GSS) and 100 Secondary Departments in Primary Schools (SD) – Grade 7 and 8.

Total Number of Students and Teachers of Nursery, Primary and Lower Secondary Schools in Hinterland Regions

Region Students Teachers
Region Nursery Primary Lower-Secondary Total Nursery Primary Lower-Secondary Total
1 963 5007 2020 7990 56 209 124 389
7 996 2941 1784 5721 54 124 83 261
8 478 1721 720 2919 24 73 46 143
9 1205 4400 1484 7089 77 170 95 342
Total 3642 14069 6008 23719 211 576 348 1135

The primary stakeholders of the project in the Hinterland Regions are the teachers, students and their families as well as the Ministry of Education. In addition, the following stakeholders will also likely benefit: the Regional Democratic Council (RDC); Regional Education Officers (REOs); District Education Officers (DEOs); Village Councils (VCs); and Community Development Officers (CDOs) who report to Ministry of Indigenous Affairs.

Click to download the entire pproject plan in pdf: icon FINAL - Indigenous People Plan - GESIP P159519, February 6, 2017 (716.73 kB 2017-02-06 17:30:35)