Since 2019, we have served more than 1000 children and their families across 3 schools in the Nianija District, The Gambia, often said to be the poorest, most remote and least developed district in the country.
We strongly appreciate the power of education to lift people out of poverty. Therefore, by working with schools and local communities to help strengthen their education systems, we are offering programmes that provide the world’s most disadvantaged children with safe and quality learning environments.
Now, more than ever, bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal quality education goals. That is why we invest in the following programmes:
Scholarships & School Supplies
We award scholarships, provide emergency funds, vital school supplies and stationery for children from the poorest households to ensure they can access and continue education, and are equipped to succeed.
Since 2019, we have provided over 300 most disadvantaged students with vital learning materials.
All of the children that we support come from impoverished families where food is often in short supply. That is why we finance school feeding programs to make sure kids have enough to eat to learn successfully and develop both physically and mentally.
In 2019 we sponsored over 20,000 school meals to the most disadvantaged children. In 2022, we distributed over 600kg of food to 50 families worst affected by food insecurity.
As many children are forced to study outside or in unsafe environments, we will be investing in building new schools, renovation and revitalising existing facilities to create safe spaces so that children can focus on their learning and their futures.
Between 2022 and 2023, we are planning to build 3 new nursery classrooms and renovate existing facilities at Charmen School.
WASH & Electricity Programmes
We work with local communities to provide safe water, hygiene facilities and meet the need for green electricity to reduce absenteeism, promote health and provide a healthy learning environment to help children learn successfully.
In May 2022, we successfully installed a solar powered water system and handwashing facilities in Charmen, benefiting over 1000 school children and local communities.
Education Management Information System (EMIS) 2014 suggests that the ratio of pupils for every qualified teacher in rural areas of The Gambia is 1:46. Overcrowding, high student to teacher ratio and low teaching standards all contribute to minimal attainment and progression rates.
Our aim is to invest in teacher training and support, salaries, curriculum and teachers’ development, ensuring suitable numbers of qualified teaching staff to enable high quality learning.
Too often children from rural areas cannot access education due to travel constraints and safety risks involved in commuting to/from schools; therefore we will also be offering transport and travel support enabling even those from the most remote areas access to education.