FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

12 December 2012

Gambia: Dr Fulton Ready to Boost Education in Gambia

They are a non charitable organisation based in the United States and their main center of operations is the Gambia. Recently they called on reporters to a press conference and told them what they are doing in the Gambia. This year the volunteers comprise over 12 volunteers and since their arrival in the Gambia they were busy with a school in Babylon Village where they are the founder and sponsor.

Speaking to reporters recently about their Gambian projects, Dr Francine Fulton CEO and Founder of Imani Education Circle Charter School said they started in Babylon village in Kombo North with 45 students, all in Nusery one, and this year they had about 60 children. She siad they have nusery 1, 2, 3 and primary 1, 2, and 3. She said they are proud with the development that took place at the school and that they have good tiolets for the Kids and running water for the children to be drinking. She said they are planning to build more blocks at the school so that they can accomodate more students. Mrs Fulton said with this project they just don't want to stop at a Junior school level but would want to include Senior school as well.

Madam Fulton at a press confrence told journalists that their main objective is not to only prepare the young people of the Gambia, but to prepare the young people of the world in general. She siad they have been in many places and the project now is in the Gambia.

« when we first came to Gambia we took a tour of the country and we told ourselves that we can help in this country especially the education sector, our contribution in developing the Gambia is centered on schools at the moment, we have lots of kids at the school and because of the performance of the kids many parents want to bring their kids to the school but we don't have enough space to accomodate all of them, but as we are thinking about expansion we will be able to cater for more children. The nusery students are paying D200 whilst the primary students are paying D300 per term which is very cheap compared to the facilities and teaching Quality at the school » Said Mrs Fulton.

She told journalists that all the financial support and donations are coming from America; that the teachers teaching at the Babylon school are trained by their organisation themselves but was quick to tell the reporters that Gambia college has given them two teachers to assist the school. She said the primary school has about 80 children.

The team that came to see the students in the Gambia from U.S said they are generaaly happy with the students' performance and that they are doing well. They said the teachers they sent to the college, they are responsible of their everything and that they sign contracts with those teachers to be working in their school projects.

They finally thank Gambians for giving them the atmosphere to operate, saying they are really appreciative of the hospitality of Gambians and that the Sky is the limit with their Gambian projects.

After the session, the floor was open to reporters who asked questions about the whole project in a very interactive manner.

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