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The Gambia School Appeal

Over the last few years we have been raising money to build a school and provide much-needed educational equipment for a rural school in The Gambia. To date, we have raised over £15,000 which has refurbished a library and bought a computer and photocopier for The Wordsley Preparatory School in Gambia and built and furnished a school in Nyofellah Madina. We are now raising funds to build a secondary school in Mansa-Colley Bojang.

A group of our students and staff visited our partner school Mansa-Colley Bojang School in The Gambia over the Easter period.

This year the students all got stuck into helping with the building of the secondary school in Mansa-Colley Bojang. They had to collect all the materials, transport them to site and then mix together the concrete (the old fashioned way!) before they were allowed to put the first floor down on the the new building. 

Here's video footage that one of our students recorded.

https://t.co/3yGwUay8wL?ssr=true

The students worked ridiculously hard in near 40 temperatures, but did a great job, finishing off the entire room!

 

The Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa.

Gambian children usually start school aged 7 and complete basic education at 16 years old.

However, access to education is varied throughout the country with only 63% of children in deprived rural areas receiving a basic education.

 Our Head Boy and Head Girl met their Head Boy and Head Girl.

 

 

 

Our raised funds have built a new school in Nyofellah Madina for orphaned children. The old school was in a temporary structure. Last year's group helped with the final building and plastering of six classrooms. Cementing floors, building a veranda and making bricks were all part of the day's work in the heat of the African day.

This year's group returned to Nyofellah where they were greeted by about 100 children all shouting 'welcome'. Seeing their daily lives was very hard hitting, however seeing the new school which we had funded and seeing the children whose lives we were changing was truly inspiring.

  

 

Our plans for the future include raising money to train teachers via http://sponsoragambianteacher.org and for individuals to take part in sponsoring individual children to go to school (http://www.sponsoragambianchild.org).

 

Mr Fox, Head of Sixth Form who helped to organise the visit, said: “The students loved meeting and teaching all of the children. They planned and taught lessons to the primary aged students including making paper snakes, aeroplanes, creating masks and undertaking various sporting activities

     

On the penultimate day our students were up early meeting the Gambian families they would be spending the day with. They visited the market to buy all of the fresh ingredients for the meal - chicken yassa - they'd be cooking for everyone. The meal preparation took a few hours and the cooking another three! All part and parcel of a normal day for the Gambian family. Our students took the chance to play with the kids whilst the meal was cooking. The final result was amazing - very spicy and full of flavour.

 

It was another amazing trip for our students, who were absolutely brilliant. It is an inspiring and heart warming experience which they will never forget.

Muctar Bojang, from The Gambia Experience, visited Kinver High School last year and is returning this summer to meet the students and staff who have raised money this project. He works to encourage links between UK schools and schools in Gambia. He will meet some of the students who are fund raising as well as those who hope to visit in the future. A partner within the Invictus Academy, Crestwood High School are now joining forces with us and raising money to build a secondary school in the same area.

We like to inform you of the challenge but also wish to offer you the chance to be involved with this really good cause if you have the time. Of course, we would gratefully accept any donations to the fund. We also welcome any ideas for raising funds, support for events or resources we could utilise.

   

 

Thank you for your support.