Karen and Tony
We are giving children an education that supports The Gambia’s future.
We have become a flagship school and we now want to grow this charity to make a greater impact in the country.
In 1996 we visited the village of Farato and under a mango tree saw a group of village children chanting the alphabet back to their teacher. We knew we could do something to help but never believed our journey would take off as it did.
In 1999 we decided to help build two classrooms which we have developed into a school that provides education to any student no matter their background or ability.
We now have 10 classrooms and have increased enrolment from 100 to 575 pupils between the ages of 3 to 16. Importantly, we have introduced a teacher training sponsorship programme.
What we’ve achieved
We are very proud that our first graduate year passed their external exams achieving the second highest results in The Gambia.
We are the largest employer in Farato.
8 teachers have gone through training college with 2 currently in training.
150 students have completed their education with us from 3 years old to 16! We have 575 students in the school.
Originally we built a 25m deep well for the school that, thanks to the solar powered pump we’ve installed, provides water for the village – adding value to the community.
We’ve got a long way to go!
We’ve come so far since 1999, but there’s so much potential to go further. By continuing to invest in the professional development of teachers and the resources of the school, we can better equip our students for the challenges of the modern world.
Our Trustees in the UK are all too aware that we don’t have all the answers. The school has always been rooted in the Village community. Leadership increasingly comes from the Board of Directors and Head Teacher in The Gambia. Building this self-reliance is key to ensuring the sustainability of the school.
Being part of the community means making sure that the wider village benefits from developments at the school. Everyone benefits from our deep solar powered well, that never runs dry. And we’re starting to impact the wider community too, as we’ve been asked to roll-out our reading scheme across the country.
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