Jan 15, 2009, 4:50 AM
American Corners, according to Mr. Wells, are built on a concept of partnership
with the aim of providing an opportunity to everyone to learn more about the
social, political, economic and academic aspects of the
Corners provide access to
explained that the fundamental function of the American Corners is to make
information about the
that the American Corner was first launched in 2000 by the American Ambassador
Ambassador Wells told a collection of students at the launching that the overarching intent of the American Corner is to provide information on the United States and thus forge a lasting relationship between the United States, and in this case the Gambian people. He added that the American Corner will serve as an intellectual asset to the University and other interested groups, students, NGOs, the media, business community, and general public.
"American Corners are more than a repository of books. It is about an opportunity to anyone who wishes to learn about my country, he said. "For those of you who can't travel to America, we hope to be able to open a window on America for you to satisfy whatever interest you have - casual, academic or professional", he added.
that they chose to re-open the American Corner at the National Library in
Ambassador Wells stated that February is marked annually by Americans in honour of transformational achievements by distinguished African-Americans in all walks of American life; from Joseph Warren whom he said in 1817 worked full-time as a messenger at the State Department, to the recent historic election and remarkable inauguration of the first African-American President of the United States, Barack H. Obama.
used the occasion to highlight some of the uncivilised and degrading treatment
meted out to African-Americans, and the contribution by those eminent
African-Americans and the values embedded in what he called sacred principles
that continue to guide