• 06 Oct, 2022

No Indians & Amerindians in UG-US Grant Writing Project

No Indians & Amerindians in UG-US Grant Writing Project

No Indians & Amerindians in UG-US Grant Writing Project

Photo : From L-R: Christina Bynoe, Desmond Leitch, Keshawna Garnett, Natalya Bobb-Semple, Kelvin Bovell, and Raulene Kendall 
 
The  University of Guyana  issued a statement that seven Guyanese were trained in grant writing at a workshop offered by the University of Georgia and funded by the US Embassy in Guyana.  The  US was quoted as saying that it s upports strengthen ing   " Grant Writing Capacity for UG ".  Not one Indian or Amerindian was among the seven selectees chosen by the university. Indians comprise 40% of the population and Amerindians 11%. 
 
The UG release stated that the  training commenced on March 16, 2022, and ended in May. " It was managed through the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Advancement), Dr Melissa Ifill. The Grant Writing Course was funded by the United States Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana " .   The embassy is not responsible for the selection and as such cannot be blamed for exclusing Indians and Amerindians. The selection was done by VC office of UG. 
 
The released added: "T he course focused on the following elements: The components of a Grant Proposal; How to write Letters of Intent and Inquiries; and how to explain Programme Budgets in writing.   Having completed the training, the staff are now equipped with the essential tools to write and assess grant applications to ensure all components are included and properly addressed.   
The staff who successfully completed the course are: Christina Bynoe, Planning and International Engagement Officer; Desmond Leitch, Philanthropy Officer; Kelvin Bovell, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer; Keshawna Garnett, Planning and International Engagement Officer; Mishel Moriah, Senior Technical Officer; Natalya Bobb-Semple, Coordinator-Change Projects; and Raulene Kendall, Planning and International Engagement Officer " . 
A basic question to be asked is why no Indian and Amerindian? Why is te administration not sensitive about the exclusion of Indians in these programs? Is this not apartheid in nature?