Bridge to Success – The Gambia Project
Four members of Rotary Club of Edmonds traveled to The Gambia in February 2019 and conducted a needs assessment in nine Senior Secondary Schools. From that, the Bridge to Success project was born, which will bring science education to provincial students in The Gambia. In rural Gambia, science education enrollment is significantly low and not offered in many high schools. The primary reason for this unfortunate setback is the lack of Science Labs, though it is a requirement for high schools to offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics classes. With the absence of pure science subjects in these schools, it is likely that rural high school students are also not introduced to advance mathematics such as calculus and statistics which denies them the opportunity to pursue higher education in science and technology. MRC Holland Foundation, Edmonds Rotary Club and Brusubi Rotary Club are bridging this gap by building a standard science lab at Kaur Senior Secondary School (with a new construction three classroom block) and refurbish and convert three existing classrooms in Niani Senior Secondary school into a functional science lab.
Partners in Gambia are the MRC Holland Foundation, The Gambia Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and The Rotary Club of Brusubi-Serakunda. Rotary Partners include Edmonds Daybreakers, Rotary Clubs of Shoreline, Renton, Alderwood Terrace, Lake Forest Park, Ballard, Auburn, Lynnwood, Emerald City and Kent, Bellevue Breakfast and Lake Union Neighborhood. Private partners include Vicki Giles Fabre, Rick and Charlotte Canning, Sally Hyde, Karen Wiggins, Larry Fuell, Jean Swenson, John Magnuson, Liwanta Lwanga, and Earthbound Expeditions. We thank you all for your generous support.