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Diaspora group partners with Roseau City Council Scholarship Programme

first_img Share 114 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! His Worship Cecil Joseph receiving cheque from Franklyn Georges.The Dominica/Antigua and Barbuda, Walton Forest Twinning Association is the newest organization to contribute to the Roseau City Council’s Scholarship Programme.Franklyn Georges, a returning Dominican who has lived in England for 46 years and former mayor of the Walton Forest Twinning Association and his wife have pledged $840.00 yearly to the Council for the next 5 years.At a press conference held on Wednesday, Georges explained that his wife is Antiguan; they lived in Walton where he was also involved in politics, hence the name of the organization, and that the group decided to assist a student or two with their educational development and selected the Council’s programme.Georges also announced that he is a member of two other organizations; the Dominica National Overseas Association has donated 4 boxes of books to the Dominica Library and 6 boxes of books and clothing to CHANCES; the home of safety for children in Jimmit, as well as the Dominica United Kingdom Overseas Association who will soon present $1500.00 to a student in Grand Bay towards his/her education. Franklyn Georges.His Worship Cecil Joseph in thanking Georges and his organization noted that “this kind gesture from the Walton Forest Association in the UK will go a very long way and says a lot for the Roseau City Council”. Mr. Joseph explained that it was his idea to forge relationships with cities around the world with strong focus on education.“Becoming the Mayor of Roseau I saw the importance in twining the cities and twinning does not just mean economics; but twinning meaning through tourism, education, health, and sports. In this twinning arrangement that we have with Walton Forest one of the major areas that I remember speaking to Mr. Georges and his organization way back in 2004, it was about education and how best they could assist us through education. The reason why I thought about education at the time is because there were many parents at the time who were not privileged enough to really assist their children in furthering their education, and a number of parents would come to me to see how they could get some assistance. So I took education as a mission for the council.”Mr. Joseph also outlined the other donors who contribute to the Council’s Scholarship Programme; $2000.00 yearly from the People’s Republic of China, $2000.00 yearly from the Venezuelan Government and $600.00 yearly from Jim Joseph in the United States. According to Mr. Joseph, these funds go towards the holistic development of the students as they not only provide text books but school bags, shoes, tie, shirts and pants.His Worship Cecil Joseph. With these funds the Council is able to assist over ten students; 1 female who is on full scholarship at the University of Monroe in St. Lucia, 4 others on partial scholarship at the University of Monroe in St. Lucia with assistance from the Government of Dominica, 1 student at the Dominica State College and between 5-7 students at secondary schools in Dominica.Mr. Joseph also outlined the other donors who contribute to the Council’s Scholarship Programme; $2000.00 yearly from the People’s Republic of China, $2000.00 yearly from the Venezuelan Government and $600.00 yearly from Jim Joseph in the United States. According to Mr. Joseph, these funds go towards the holistic development of the students as they not only provide text books but school bags, shoes, tie, shirts and pants.The conditions for receiving a scholarship from the Roseau City Council as explained by the Mayor is that the student is involved in some form of social program for example the Cadet Corps, Steel Pan Orchestra, Rotaract Club, and 4-H Clubs whether in their school or community in an effort to ensure that the students gives back to society. The student has to provide the Council with his/her results so that an evaluation can be conducted. If there is need for counseling or admonishing based on the student’s results, the Council also plays that role. Mr. Joseph also appealed to other organizations and individuals to partner with the Council to ensure that many other students within the City of Roseau can receive an education.Domincia Vibes News Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Diaspora group partners with Roseau City Council Scholarship Programme by: – January 18, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more