Rosey-Abantara, a story that has been ten years in the making.
The story of Le Rosey, a story of men and women who want to offer a solid education to young Malians.
On which foundations? The very essence of Le Rosey’s principles: exceptional teaching, a greater emphasis on sports, an interest in arts and languages. From the beginning, the Foundation has supported Rosey-Abantara in its primary mission: access to education for all, at the highest possible level.
Winter 2003: First Trip
Year after year, steady progress is made. In 2004: the first groups of Roseans go to Bamako to set up a language cooperation program. In 2005: the foundation stones of the building are laid! An opportunity for students and teachers to make new connections and study languages at the same time.
As the story continues, enthusiastic students and teachers volunteer to share their knowledge and contribute to the learning of languages, English in particular.
With this momentum, a collaborative framework with International Exco EGCC is set up: construction costs and oversight of the building works are optimized. The school can move forward.
In 2007: after successful fundraising and many visits, the building is constructed. Much more than this actually: 4 floors for 50 classrooms, 3 computing classrooms, a science lab, a library. And not forgetting necessary and welcoming living spaces like the dining hall or the theater, ensuring the nourishment of both body and spirit.
Time to raise the curtain on Rosey-Abantara opening its doors in 2009. From there on, exchanges, hard work and success shape and enrich this story.
A community is created: continuous exchanges between students and teachers become possible thanks to technology. Academic scholarships are granted: 125 of the best students of Mali public schools join Rosey-Abantara each year. Over 1 400 youngsters are led to the National Baccalaureate.
Remarkable results. Locally, a success rate clearly superior to other private schools. Internationally, 6 of the 12 French Excellence scholarships for excellence in 2018, allowing these graduates to continue their studies in France.
Over the last few years, the recent political situation forced changes. On-site visits are suspended, except for teachers for whom the close collaboration with their local colleagues remains essential. Nevertheless, the Foundation and Le Rosey continue their action in Mali, moving ahead with plans for the boarding facilities in 2019 and most of all for the scholarships at Rosey-Abantara.
The story goes on !
Boarding House Project
Building a boarding house on the Rosey-Abantara campus is a logical step for the school: to help even more children in difficult situations.
In a two-storey building, groups of 40 girls and 44 boys will reside separately. Each year, some 20 to 40 beds will be granted to scholars who live too far from the capital, in conditions that make it difficult for them to succeed in their studies, their parents suffering severe financial difficulties. Fees will be charged for the other available beds, thus helping to cover operating costs.
The residents of the boarding school, the teachers and the direction are looking forward to this new chapter. Opening is scheduled for October 2019.
A few facts for a better understanding of the whole:
Mr. Alassane Maiga, director of Rosey-Abantara, will be in charge of the operation of the boarding school and the choice of the students. As for the supervision of the residents, supervising couples will be in charge. Two directors – a man and a woman – have been appointed.
Construction site and building works checked.
Plans and price offers have all been approved by the ARA Committee (Association Rosey Abantara). On the committee is Mr. Bruce Reynier, the Rosey campus manager, who is responsible for the supervision and constructions at Le Rosey. Independent follow-up and verifications are being carried out.
A total amount of 300,000 CHF has already been paid in in 70,000 CHF downpayments upon presentation of price offers and expense notes). The total budget is of 313’000 CHF.