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Friday 18 November

Saloum Nursery, Sinchu Baliya and Abuko Schools

Visited Saloum Nursery School and saw the improved classrooms with furniture received in the latest container shipmentand the start of the work on the new toilet block, and gave the teachers and children some vegetable seeds for the new garden. Mariama, the Headteacher, was delighted to find that we had brought another donation towards the toilet block on behalf of the Shap Ahoy team – she is looking forward to meeting them in January. Full details and pictures are on the Saloum Nursery page.

Visited Sinchu Baliya Lower Basic School and were shown round the newly decorated and furnished Resource Centre – Omar Janneh, the Science Co-ordinator of the school, had undertaken the work with his Scout troop during the summer holidays and the new building looked really splendid. We were really pleased with the Resource Centre – the only things needed now are some shelves to take the many books that have been donated to the school. At present the books are stacked in piles on the floor, around the walls of the room. For more details about the building of the Resource Centre, see these two pages:
Resource Centre and Progress on Resource Centre
 

Sinchu Baliya Resource Centre 1

Sinchu Baliya Resource Centre 2

 

Sinchu Baliya Resource Centre

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Pippa presented prizes to last year's Grade 3 children who had done some drawings of things seen under their microscope and introduced the children and teachers to the new Trekker microscope, which proved to be very popular.

presentation of prizes 1

presentation of prizes 2

presentation of prizes

presentation of prizes 3

presentation of prizes 4

presentation of prizes

trying out the Trekker microscope 1

trying out the Trekker microscope 2

trying out the Trekker microscope
(More details of the Trekker microscope)

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A large pack of different vegetable seeds, collected at Harvest Festival in UK, was presented to the school and we visited the school gardens, which had been laid out and prepared for sowing We explained that money had been collected in addition to the seeds and that each school / village garden was to have 2,000 dalasis (just over 40) to spend on tools – the staff in charge of the gardens promised to let us have a prioritised list of tools as soon as they had discussed the matter.

Sinchu Baliya children with some of the vegetable seeds

Sinchu Baliya school garden ready for sowing the seeds

Sinchu Baliya children with some of the vegetable seeds

Sinchu Baliya school garden ready for sowing the seeds

The last school to be visited on that day was Abuko Lower Basic School. Further details of this school can be found on the Abuko School webpage. This school has grown from 2 to 3 grades, about 300 children in all.  We gave them seeds and explained about the tools. We also gave them a folder of letters, photographs, drawings, poems and so on, that had been sent to Abuko by a group of children from Ridgemead Junior School, to start a link between children from the UK and Gambian schools. The Abuko children (and teachers) were thrilled with the folder and promised to write letters in return.  We were delighted to receive a packet of letters from the Abuko children a few days later – these have been put into another folder together with photographs to send back to Ridgemead after our return to UK. The good, sturdy double desks and seats sent out in the latest Kamino Redcoat container consignment were being used in the Grade 3 classroom – the children using them said they were the best desks in the school! Thank you, Bramley...

Abuko children with their seeds

Grade 3 and the desks from Bramley School

Abuko children with their seeds

Grade 3 and the desks from Bramley School

Abuko children  with the folder from Ridgemead Junior School

Abuko children  with the folder from Ridgemead Junior School

two classes of Abuko children  with the folder from Ridgemead Junior School

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