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
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:
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.
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
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
Grade 3 and the desks
from Bramley School
two classes of Abuko
children with the folder from Ridgemead Junior School