|L.Couet / FOKAL|
Under the shade of tarps stretched for the occasion, everyone expressed their thanks but also their expectations to FOKAL. Amongst the most important preoccupations of students and their parents, was university access after completing secondary school. The preoccupation of encouraging students to continue their studies after achieving their secondary studies’ certificate was forefront. Among the equipment those attending thought useful for Martissant were sports fields, computer centres and outdoor spaces that are lit so that children can study once night falls. Mrs. Michèle Pierre Louis, president of FOKAL, took the opportunity of this meeting to announce the eminent construction of a library on the land of the old Katherine Dunham residence, that will offer reading and study spaces and also access to the new information technology.
The assembly also was concerned with the bad image given out by the Martissant neighbourhood, all too often marginalized and considered as a danger zone. This stigmatization is bad for the inhabitants of the neighbourhood and its improvement. Noticing the many problems facing the residents, the weaknesses of the State and the too short term work done by some NGOs, many participants concluded of the necessity of each citizen, to recognise and assume their responsibility for a profound change in behaviours and living conditions.