The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC), earlier this week at its Georgetown office, received a timely boost of a new computer and printer for its public awareness drive from the RK’s Family Human Development Foundation.
Haji Roshan Khan, Chairman of the newly-formed Foundation and also a Commissioner of the ERC, learnt of some of the technological constraints facing the Commission and came forward and made the donation. “We’ve just started and looking at opportunities where we can make contributions when we can as a family group to human development,” Khan remarked during the simple handing over ceremony.
Reverend, Dr. John O. Smith, ERC Chairman, called the gesture a ‘‘very, very, kind one” and expressed gratitude to the Foundation on behalf of the ERC and its Commissioners. He recognized the importance of the new equipment and emphasized that it will add to the capacity of the ERC to do its work, after years of inactivity. “We’ve had a seven year hiatus and now we are coming back with some more strength”, the ERC Chairman concluded.
Neaz Subhan, ERC Commissioner and Chairman of the ERC Media & Public Relations Sub-Committee, explained that the new ERC took office after the 2018 budget was already passed and as such the Commission is a bit constrained to procure technical resources at this time for its expanding staff complement.
The newly-acquired equipment will be used by the Public Education and Awareness Unit of the ERC in its on-going awareness programme. A heavy emphasis will be placed on education for the promotion of unity, harmony and good relations and to enlighten Guyanese about the role and functions of the Ethnic Relations Commission.