ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Tuesday May 31, 2016 – The Grenada government says it’s ready and willing to bring home Grenadian students from Venezuela as that South American nation continues to face financial and other challenges.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Keith Mitchell administration said it has communicated to the students, its readiness to facilitate their return home.
However, it noted, “the majority of students, for now…have indicated a willingness to complete their studies, in spite of those challenges”.
The government said the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs are in constant contact with the students and Grenada’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Ambassador Hassan Hadeed, continues to visit them and provide the needed material and other support.
The parents of the students have also been fully engaged and kept abreast of the situation.
Last Monday, a meeting was convened by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Education to brief the parents and guardians of the students and to assure them that the Government of Grenada is prepared to take necessary action, at any given time, to ensure the well-being of the students, the government said.
“The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela remains a friend and ally of the Government of Grenada and its people. In this regard, we are hopeful that there will be a peaceful resolution to the current political challenges,” the statement ended.
Oil-rich Venezuela is in the midst of a crisis that has stemmed from the fall in global oil prices. There have been reported shortages of food and other basic supplies.