Peace Corps renewing education program in Gabon
- My name is Bradley Alan Hodges. I am a communication and French
graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. While an
undergraduate in the summer of 1993, I lived with a family in Paris,
France and completed courses at two colleges there.
In the six years since I graduated I have been a newspaper reporter
for several publications in North Carolina. This has been very
fulfilling mentally, if not always fulfilling financially.
For the past year I have reconsidered ambitions I held before
graduating: promoting international dialog and cultural exchange.
This began in June 2001, when I interviewed and wrote a newspaper
article about a Peace Corps volunteer who had just returned from
I am preparing to move to Gabon on June 12, 2002 with high hopes that
I can help the Peace Corps reestablish its education program there,
which I understand from the literature I've received was halted in
I would love to hear any advice or information about the country, as
very little is available on the Internet or at libraries I've
- Bradley, Just curious. What are your EE credentials? Are your going
to Gabon as a PCV or in what other capacity?
Personally, I'd like to see more English instructors in Gabon to help
bridge the emerging Gabonese entrepeneurs with the world's business
(including Internet) environment.
To answer your question, you will not learn about the real Gabon from
web posts or the print media. You need to experience Gabon for
- --- In gabondiscussion@y..., "bobutne" <bobutne@a...> wrote:
> Bradley, Just curious. What are your EE credentials? Are your goinghelp
> to Gabon as a PCV or in what other capacity?
> Personally, I'd like to see more English instructors in Gabon to
> bridge the emerging Gabonese entrepeneurs with the world's businessfrom
> (including Internet) environment.
> To answer your question, you will not learn about the real Gabon
> web posts or the print media. You need to experience Gabon forI have no EE credentials; I'm not even really sure what the term
means (Enlish Education?) I do have a great familiarity with the
English language, having written for newspapers for several years. As
an education reporter, I've also worked closely with teachers and
I think your suggestion of making English instruction more readily
available in Gabon sounds like a great idea. At least in theory it
would help the Gabonese become more successful at marketing
businesses globally. My only concern is that we don't overwhelm them
with our own culture (at least, with Disney World, fast food and
Britney Spears) in the process.
Thanks for the reply!
More coverage on the Ebola and child slavery situations.
- President Bongo calls for ending "conflicts" to create better
environment to attract international investment in Africa.
A good read on the problems faced by countries like Gabon who have
At least in Chad, Exxon hired a former PCV to help spread a little of
the oil profits to the people.
Oil revenue, all too often, is like a narcotic to developing nations.
Those in power get hooked on it and are adverse to spending any oil
revenue in developing their nation, only in feeding their
greedy/glutenous fixes. Those not in power see only the prize of the
oil narcotic and do not make the effort to further develop their
Reference book worth a read to all those interested in Gabon: "The
Rentier State in Africa" by Douglas Yates.
- Anyone interested in going? I plan to be at Roland Garros the end of
this month and am thinking about flying from Paris to Libreville in