Ivory Coast tribune: what does your project entail?
First and foremost, we want to raise awareness about our alumni association. We wished that a greater number of former students could join us. I am sure they will in time as we are always hopeful. We would like to be acknowledged by administrators of the "Lycée de Bassam" and the city of Grand Bassam (a beach resort and Unesco World heritage as the first capital of Côte d'Ivoire).
Our association also serves as a support network at the socio professional level between members of the group, bringing our experience in education and professional integration to the younger generations of the school whilst having moments of fellowship to share between us. Our alumni association has a lot of potential. We are part of the "creme de la creme" of our country as some members are Lawyers, Businessmen, Doctors, Architects, Diplomats, Teachers, Academecis and the list goes on…
As an example of social project, we would like to set up a solidarity fund for easy access to quality care for alumni initiate real estate projects for the group (I dream of a neighbourhood where all home owners are alumni of "Lycée de Bassam" of the 80s where our children rub shoulders and grow in an environment where parents have the same values.
In terms of professional projects, why not start a platform of commercial and professional exchange? Let's say I am X, former "Lycée de Bassam" student of the 80s. I sell flour: I will offer it to Y, at preferential rate because he owns a bakery. Or, if A is seeking employment and B, a business owner needs to hire, the database of the platform will link them. A website is currently developed for this purpose.
For the youth, we are planning coaching seminars, setting up a tutoring system to help them revise for their various exams and challenges, offering lots of encouragement and honour prices to the more deserving ones, ranging from simple donations of books and other school supplies to scholarships ...
Finally, reunions for networking and various functions are in the can, in addition to the current ones. We plan to have Christmas trees and summer camps for our children, trips abroad (Europe, North America ) for members. A yearly or twice yearly cultural festival with a charity gala dinner for the "Lycée de Bassam" is in the works.
This is an overview of what not to miss by our old school mates and all those who wish us the best.
Ivory Coast Tribune: what message do you want to convey?
As our motto indicates: " brotherhood erases the distance". This is the message we want to convey. Our brotherhood (resulting from this family bond created in our college years) must bring us closer, reduce any social, political, cultural gap or sexist biases that may exist between us. Furthermore, If we've ever been Bassam, we are forever Bassam
Published by Meyan Clark Betty
October 12th, 2019.