Distribution of ‘Because We Care’ cash grant to begin next Monday-Manickchand

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Minister of Education Priya Manickchand on Wednesday announced that distribution of the “Because We Care” cash grant to children from public and private schools will commence on Monday, June 24.

Manickchand, speaking during a LIVE on her Facebook page, said the distribution process will run for two weeks across the country’s ten administrative regions.

Every eligible child will receive $45,000.

“This is a grant for public and private school children who are in school,” Manickchand said.

To receive the grant, a child is required to be on the school’s register and be attending classes. Students, where necessary, are required to return text books. To facilitate distribution, Manickchand explained that teachers are asked to supply the names of the children on their registers.

The Regional Education Departments are then asked to verify that the information provided is accurate.

The Ministry of Education also undertakes their own verification process.

“It’s very smooth, it’s very transparent, it’s very open and every child who is entitled will benefit,” Manickchand said.

The venue and time for distribution will be advertised.

To uplift the grant, parents are required to walk with any form of identification.

The acceptable forms of identification are the National Identification Card, Driver’s License or Passport.

Persons who do not possess any of these documents can still uplift the grant but their relationship with the child must be confirmed by a senior official in the community or the school’s Headteacher.

“This is really easy. Just come get your grant so that you can get your children ready for September,” Manickchand said.

The Government of Guyana has committed to increasing the Because We Care Cash Grant incrementally each year until it reaches $50,000.

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