The Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project has donated 244 books (192 titles) to the University of Guyana Library as part of its efforts to improve the provision of legal information in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States.
The official handing over ceremony for these books took place on October 31, at the University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus under the chairmanship of Ronald Singh, Head, Department of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Guyana. The function was organised by the staff of the University, under the direction of Librarian Gwyneth George.
Remarks were delivered by Prof. Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of IMPACT Justice. She explained that in all, IMPACT Justice has provided some 2,343 law books to the law libraries of the three campuses of the University of the West Indies, the University of Guyana, the University of Technology, Jamaica and the University of Suriname.
His Excellency Pierre Giroux, High Commissioner of Canada to Guyana, Ambassador of Canada to Suriname and Canadian representative to CARICOM delivered remarks on behalf of the Government of Canada and lauded the initiative.
The books were formally received by Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Prof. Ivelaw Griffith, who expressed gratitude on behalf of the University to the Government of Canada and the IMPACT Justice Project for the hearty contribution.
He revealed that a sum of approximately GYD$33 million was invested in the 244 law books, stating that the University of Guyana will place much value on this genuine contribution.
The texts include books on gender equality, human rights and the environment, which are project crosscutting themes and on topics for which research is being done for the Project.