18 December 2012

Gambia: Imani Education School to Expand

Dr Francine Fulton, the chief executive officer of Imani Education Nursery and Primary School in Babylon village, Kombo North, has disclosed that her school, in partnership with Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School in Philadelphia, intends to erect additional buildings to enable the school enroll more children in the next academic session, starting in September 2013/2014. The founder, an African-American, revealed this in a press briefing held on Friday at Dalaba Guest House in Kotu.

Answering questions posed to her, Dr Fulton said that this becomes necessary because of the number of children seeking enrollment in the school and also the quality education the school is offering to the pupils since its establishment in 2009.

Dr Fulton said: "Since it is a charitable school with quality education parents will like their children to attain. Moreso, I am impressed with the performance of the pupils in the school, and this I do not want them to lose touch or have any set back in the good foundation they already got".

As well, Dr Fulton reiterated that they are having abundant children that wanted to come to the school but could not accommodate them because of less space. Despite the fact that the villagers wish to register their children with them, she stated, they will not over-enroll because they want the classes to remain relatively small until they build more.

The founder always visits the school three times in a year since the start of the school and she is overwhelmed with the good performance of the pupils. She said: "I am proud of my teachers for their good work on the students".

Speaking on behalf of the visiting team from Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School, Dr Kelli Mickens said that they are here to learn about the country's culture, educational system and work with the Imani School's teachers among other things. He expressed delight over the performance of the teachers and the pupils.

Isa Clark, co-founder of Sankofa and Diane Holliday both expressed similar sentiments about the performance of the children in the school.

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