Mr Momodou Jallow, principal of Farafenni Senior Secondary School, is attending a programme on Science and Technology Education in the US. The programme participants, consisting of twenty educators from throughout the world, will explore how the US system of education is organised and how curricula is developed and implemented to improve math and science instructional practices, examine best practices in classroom instruction, discuss policy initiatives and public/private partnerships to accelerate student learning in science, technology, engineering, and math, and will review technological innovations in science education. The three week program will take Mr Jallow and his counterparts from around the world to Washington DC, Portland Oregon, and two other US cities. Before his departure, Mr Jallow met with Deputy Chief of Mission Richard T Yoneoka at the US Embassy in Banjul.
Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen US engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging leaders in various fields with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit US public and private sector organisations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities. The programme typically also involves a homestay with an American family.
Since its inception, over 300 Gambians have attended the IVLP and maintain the IVLP Alumni Association of The Gambia. The association administers community development programs including a recently completed environmental program and a women’s empowerment project launched last month.