come from privileged backgrounds and it is
important that they learn to help those less
fortunate than themselves. Particular
attention is paid to this aspect of their
education both through a community service
programme and the work of the Charity Committee,
which plays a key role in the endeavour to
open students’ eyes and hearts to the
plight of those most in need throughout the
Every year a
number of complementary activities are also
undertaken. These include: working
holidays to help build orphanages in Romania
and Bulgaria; trips to Mali to work on the
Rosey-Abantara project and to teach Malian
children; visits and concerts to old people’s
homes and hospitals; fund-raising drives
to help disaster victims; and cooperation
with parents and alumni on specific projects. http://aschoolforlife.ch
Inauguration of the Rosey-Abantara school in Bamako, Mali
Since 2003, Rosey parents and all at Le Rosey have teamed up to finance and realize the construction and opening of our sister school in Bamako: Rosey-Abantara. Photos
OUR NEW PROJECT
To purchase new land adjacent to Rosey-Abantara on which we
aim to build a vocational college specializing mainly in the hospitality industry and IT; Mali is opening up more and more to tourism yet
lacks qualified personnel in these areas and middle management.
To raise the 1 million francs needed to finance this project over the
next two years. By sharing our educational expertise we are faithful to Rosey’s core values: solidarity and respect.
Here are a few reminders
of what our “Rosey Abantara” project is all about: to build and equip a private school in the suburbs of
Bamako, Mali, entirely financed through the work of Le
Rosey Solidarity Committee.
“Rosey Abantara” school is Le Rosey’s “younger sister”.
It will have close links with l’Ecole Biya, whose owner and
director is Mr Alessane Maiga, our remarkable partner
chosen for his enthusiasm, spirit and creativity. We have
chosen a private initiative in order to have full control of
the project with the help of a local fiduciary and accounting
management firm and of Veritas.
Three groups of Rosey students, accompanied by
their teachers, have already visited Bamako to work in
the school and to get a realistic idea of the immense
educational needs Mali has as one of the poorest countries
in Africa. These Rosey students have all been profoundly
marked by their experience in Africa.
Our aim is to provide Rosey Abantara students – in return
for a nominal school fee – with a quality education based
upon a number of fundamental Rosey principles.
This is a
long term project which aims to make Rosey Abantara one
of the most dynamic schools in Africa.
The challenge in educating the young is to find a path between their dreams and the cold, hard realities of the world.
We believe that the RMF has created such a path. This project came directly from the students. Discussions between students and staff lead to a proposal to the school’s management which was accepted immediately. The result was the creation, in October of 2008, of the RMF, a non-profit NGO under the Swiss Civil Code.
The RMF committee consists of four officers who must work for Le Rosey. In addition, there is an “Active Student Committee” members of which are party to all discussions and decisions of the RMF and have equal voting rights. Provision has also been made for “Affiliated Members,” who have no voting rights, but will be kept abreast of all of the activities of the RMF. Affiliated Membership entails an annual fee and is intended for any interested parties, including parents, old boys, and especially ex-members of the Active Student Committee.