With no electricity many of our normal gadgets are useless.
They need manual typewriters, sewing machines and even copiers -
remember the Banda & Gestetener copying machines - if you can
In October 2002, three schools, Bakalarr
Basic Cycle School [MAP],
Jarreng Basic Cycle School [MAP] and
Sinchu Baliya Lower
Basic School [MAP], were each given a school microscope - partly
sponsored by the Royal Microscopical Society. With no electricity,
a small tilting mirror was provided to enable sunlight to
illuminate the samples. All these schools are heavily
oversubscribed – Sinchu Baliya has 3,125 pupils, with 12
classes of approximately 50 children in each Grade – and they
all have to operate a two-shift system.
More equipment please!
A teacher at Sinchu Baliya pointed out
that for each child of his school to look at something once
through one microscope would take almost one year. Now they have
one, they are sure they would like some more!
They would also like any other science
equipment that could be used in their circumstances - possibly
using solar power.
Benches or tables for the equipment.
Science text books
Links with schools / science clubs in
for a list of smaller items which Pageant can send to
The Gambia, or you can take with you on a visit.
microscope and mirror
presented to the Head Boy
and Head Girl of Bakalarr Basic Cycle School
microscope in use
The members of the EMUS SEM user group have agreed to sponsor
prizes for the best drawings of things seen under the microscope -
one prize per year group for each school.