PAGEANT - "Education is the future"
Bakalarr Basic Cycle School, in the North Bank Region, is reached from Banjul by using the ferry across the Gambia River to Barra, followed by a road journey of about 15km.  The school serves five local villages, and has Grades from 1 to 9, as well as a nursery class. One of the earliest of Pageant's projects was to fund the construction of a boundary wall around the school. After it's completion in July 2003, the wall was decorated with numerous paintings. Many of these were created by Ousman F Sowe, at that time a Grade 9 student.
Ousman F Sowe was a student at Bakalarr Basic Cycle School and then went on to Senior Secondary School at Essau. You can see more of his work by following the links on this page.
The first picture below shows an idyllic scene with a herdsman, but much of Ousman's artwork relates to slavery in The Gambia - featured in the next five pictures.
Kunte Kinte was born in the village of, not far from Bakalarr, in 1750. He was taken as a slave to Maryland USA. His story was made famous in the best selling novel and TV programme 'Roots' written by his descendant Alex Haley. . (Note - there are many spelling variations of Kunte Kinte's name. e.g. Kunteh Kinteh, Kunta Kinteh, or even Kinteh Kunteh.)
Update August 2005 - more of Ousman's pictures
Update October 2005 - New Studio
Ousman wrote to Pippa's Mum, telling her that he had been building a small studio for his artwork, and that he has named it the 'JOAN DOBIE ART STUDIO'. Pippa's Mum was really touched by this - a real compliment, she thought. Ousman has also printed T-shirts to advertise his studio.
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