Malick Ndimballand

Malick Ndimballand

I am Malick Ndimballand, 27 years old and a Gambian nationality.  I am a student of the University of The Gambia enrolled in the school of Arts and Sciences, Division of Humanity and Social sciences, Bachelor’s degree in Development studies. I am very grateful to the Academy for Academic foundation and the entire board who has given me this great opportunity to be part of this scholarship. I have always loved academic and this scholarship will help me to continue to focus on my academic work as a student to achieve my goals. It will have been very difficult without AforA foundation’s support and this scholarship will be in proper use and it will enable me to give back to my community and country in a more productive way. Thank you and the entire AforA foundation that has changed the life of many Gambian Youths in the academic arena.

Spring semester 2018:

As far as academic achievements are concerned, 2018/2019 is one of my best moment in the University of The Gambia. This is because the most important burden( high tuition fees) is taken off by A for A foundation, which came at a very critical moment in my academic career. Even before the scholarship I was a very determined student despite the financial difficulties I never gave up but the scholarship awarded to me by A for A has force me to double up my efforts to go higher above minimum 2.0 GPA as stated in the A for A’s scholarship agreement signed. Currently my GPA is above 3.80 which is part of the achievements. I was able to register courses on time and attend lectures as usual without fear of deferring for next semester due to financial constraints. I believed that these are other major achievements in 2019 academic year

Fall semester 2018:

As far as academic is concerned, to be more specific for this 2018, there are two great achievement made. The first achievement was that, all the 6 courses I did first semester 2018 I got them credit despite the hardship and struggle to finance my tuition fee before I got a scholarship this semester. The second achievement was getting a scholarship from A for A foundation. Scholarship was the biggest challenge I ever face since I started the University and without which it will have been impossible to come for this semester because I planned to defer until anytime a got one. Therefore I considered my greatest achievement be the scholarship of AfoA which has catapulted me to another level.

Spring semester 2019:

As far as academic achievements are concerned, 2018/2019 is one of my best moment in the University of The Gambia. This is because the most important burden( high tuition fees) is taken off by A for A foundation, which came at a very critical moment in my academic career. Even before the scholarship I was a very determined student despite the financial difficulties I never gave up but the scholarship awarded to me by A for A has force me to double up my efforts to go higher above minimum 2.0 GPA as stated in the A for A’s scholarship agreement signed. Currently my GPA is above 3.80 which is part of the achievements. I was able to register courses on time and attend lectures as usual without fear of deferring for next semester due to financial constraints. I believed that these are other major achievements in 2019 academic year

Fall semester 2019:

The year of 2019 has been a very interesting and really interactive as far as academic is concerned. At the start of the January semester 2019, I set an objective or a goal for myself and I work very hard toward achieving that goal. This goal was to get “A” grade in all the six (6) courses I registered. This was not easy for me but the simple reason was to keep up my GPA floating and the target was to have nothing less than a GPA of 3.70 and I finally keep a high GPA of 3.880 which was not bad at all. I believed that this is also above the requirement for the continuity of the scholarship agreement too. This was the greatest achievement so far but this was possible because AforA help me to register on time and next was to focus better on my lectures. However, there where challenges in trying achieved this. The problem of class size is one of the issues that students of the university of the Gambia especially Brikama campus do face all the time. The classes are overcrowded and lecturers do not use sound system for everyone to hear properly. Another challenge is the lack of enough Lecturers especially this semester in our development unit, one lecturer taking 4 to 6 courses alone with each a class size of approximately 50 or more students which is definitely not telling well in the university. Access to proper and quality learning materials. Poor and limited connectivity (internet facilities) to do my assignments and research, all these are constraints I face on daily basic.