This page contains a list of schools and educational establishments in
The Gambia with which Pageant is associated. Each school entry has very brief information about the school, and
if appropriate, links to pages with more information on the Pageant website and links to the school's own
website. The icon
means that the school currently has students supported under the
Pageant Sponsorship Scheme.
means that the school had sponsored students in the past. There is also a 'search' button for
each school to find other mentions of the school or community on our
MAP link shows the school's location as accurately as we know it on a Google map.
Where we have a school's accurate location, please refer to one of the excellent maps listed on our
We also have a page with information about
which have links with Gambian schools in association with Pageant.
Updates and Feedback
This page was updated August 2014, based on information
for the school year 2013-2014. If you can add to the information about any school,
such as a link to a school website, or a more accurate location (e.g
map reference) or
can correct any errors, then please email:
Find a School
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The schools are displayed in four columns
by type (see
Gambia Education System below), and those
which combine several levels on one site will appear in more than
one column. Schools shown
like this have or had Pageant
sponsored students, but probably no other relationship with Pageant. Schools
have a strong association with Pageant, and may also have their own
Pageant web page. To return
to this 'Find a School' index, click on any of the
links at the right
of each entry.
The Gambian Education System
Nursery schools & classes Nursery
education is not financed by the Gambian state system, and parents
must pay fees for attendance and for books etc. Some Lower Basic
Schools have nursery classes, and there are separate nursery schools
in many areas. These schools are increasing in number all the time,
particularly in the western part of The Gambia but also now in the
Lower Basic Schools (LBS) (Also known
as Primary Schools) These provide education for 7 to 13 year olds,
in Grades 1 to 6. Attendance at the State-run schools is 'free', but
the families pay for school fund, books, food, uniform etc.
Upper Basic Schools (UBS) (Also know
as Junior Secondary Schools) These provide education for 13 to 16
year olds, in Grades 7 to 9. In the State-run schools girls go
'free' while boys pay tuition fees, but book fees are considerably
higher. Also, as there are fewer UB than LB schools, many children
either face a very long walk or must pay increased transport costs.
Basic Cycle Schools (BCS) These
schools are mainly in rural areas, and combine both LBS and UBS with
all Grades from 1 to 9. There are even a few BCS schools which
include nursery or SSS grades.
Senior Secondary Schools (SSS) (Also
known as High Schools) These are equivalent to UK Sixth Form
Colleges, and provide education for 16 to 19 year olds, in Grades 10
to 12. Both boys and girls pay fees. The book and exam fees are
higher still and the number of SS schools is quite small, making the
funding of travelling to school a major consideration.
Further Education Tertiary education
in The Gambia is provided by the University of the Gambia, and a
number of other post-secondary institutions including the Gambia
College (GC), the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI), the
Management Development Institute (MDI) and the Gambia
Telecommunication and Multi-Media Institute (GTMI), which all
provide degree level courses. There are also many Skills Training
Centres which provide training in practical, technical and
More about Schools and Communities
Gambia Resource Page
is a website holding a vast range of information about The Gambia.
This direct link to their
Section shows you a comprehensive list of
the majority of Gambia's schools
and colleges. As an example of how numbers of students drop from
Lower Basic to Senior Secondary grades,
have a look at Region 3 (the North Bank Region), and note that
there are 97 LBS and BCS, but only 4 SSS. The
Falling Rain directory covers the
whole of The Gambia, listing latitude and longitude of many towns,
villages and communities. It does not list any schools, but can be
useful in pinpointing the location of a school.
List of Schools
is a small village about 10km south-west of Banjul
on the way to the International Airport.
Abuko Lower Basic School was started as a local initiative, so
that the village children did not have to travel 5km to the
then nearest school. Abuko LBS has close and continuing links with
Waltham School in Hampshire, where they run regular
Worldclass Fayres to raise money for Abuko LBS. See
our main Abuko
LBS page for more about Abuko
LBS and the following
Albion Lower Basic School was the main
beneficiary of a pen and pencil collection, organised by seven year
old Oliver in 2007. Read Oliver's story
and see some photos taken at
Albion. During February 2012, Tom Kimber, a teacher from
Westdene Primary School in Brighton, organised a group of teachers on a week-long visit (news
item about Brighton teachers visit). Albion was also
the venue for a Creative Writing Workshop
in February 2013.
located north of the Gambia River and is reached from
Banjul by ferry to Barra and a 15km road journey. The school serves
five local villages, and has Grades from 1 to 9, as well as a nursey
class. Pageant has been involved with many projects at
this school since 2001. Much of the credit for the huge improvements
achieved is down to the enthusiasm and commitment of its headmaster
Mr Bakary Gitteh, who visited us in the UK in 2005. There is a summary on the
Bakalarr projects page
with more details on the following pages: (add well appeal)
Chestnut Grove School in Balham, London has links
with Banyaka LBS. In May 2011 they raised funds to complete the
construction of a school library: (see
our Chestnut Grove page) In
2013, Chestnut Grove held a Comedy Evening to
raise funds for Banyaka. See these two news items: (September
2013 & October 2013)
Sarah Hayes has been helping this school
for some time, and sponsored a pupil there. She raised
funds for the school with a number of sponsored runs, including the 2009 Marine Corps 10k
and the 2011 Chester Marathon. (more
about Sarah and Chester Marathon) In February 2010
Pageant held one of the Microscopy Workshops at this school. (details
of 2010 workshops)
This nursery school was set
up as a local initiative, on land donated by the village mosque. Pageant
funded the completion of building work - rendering the walls, laying
concrete floors and fitting doors and windows.
Busumbala Farato LBS has received furniture, materials and
donations from Pageant. Pageant is associated with the
Campama Lower Basic School
was brought to Pageant's attention in February 2007 because of its
poor state of repair. See the
main Campama page for details of
this visit and the
second Campama page
for details of the visit in October 2007. In February 2008 Pippa's niece, Frances, and some
friends spent a couple of days teaching the children at Campama. In
April 2008, Pageant unloaded
a container of furniture and school equipment at Campama - see
Pageant News blog. In October
2009, Pageant saw the new nursery class, and helped to assemble some
bookshelves from a container load -
Campama LBS is currently Pageant's normal location for unpacking
Crab Island Upper Basic
School is located just south of the centre of Banjul, on the river
side of the peninsula. See the main Crab Island page above and also
the following updates:
Deeper Life Nursery School was first visited in
and several times since to see Pageant sponsored children.
Deeper Life and Don McMaeth have both received furniture, materials
and donations from Pageant.
Essau is on the north bank of the Gambia
River, opposite Banjul, and close to the ferry terminal. Essau SSS received a
from Collyer's School in February 2006, organised a
in September 2006 and was the venue for one of the
Practical Science Seminars
in February 2007.
The Foundation for Disabled People (FfDP) has a workshop
which produces specialised all terrain wheelchairs. They train disabled
people to build, maintain and repair wheelchairs, and they run a computer
training centre for people with a physical handicap. The Foundation
supplied one of its special wheelchairs to Sarjo, one of Pageant's sponsored students (see
and Pageant funded a further batch of 15 wheelchairs for disabled students
from different regions of The Gambia.
Gambia Senior Secondary School (also called Gambia High School)
in Banjul was visited twice in November 2005 - see
It received a Science Kit from Collyer's School in 2006
and was one of the locations for Pageant's
Workshop. In February 2007 it
was a venue for a
Practical Science Seminar.
Gambia SSS has been helped extensively by Keith Farrington,
who helped them establish a Computer Science Lab. See news item
The Home Economics Skills Centre (GHESC)
has received furniture, materials and donations from Pageant.
The Gambia National Tourism Training Institute (GNTTI) was formerly known as the Gambia Hotel School.
GTMI is primarily the
training wing of the Gambia Telecommunications Company (Gamtel), but it
also takes fee paying students. Its program includes science and technology related areas.
two and three year craft, technician and business training programmes leading
to certificates or diplomas in Business Studies, Computer Studies,
Accountancy, Engineering and Construction. It received a
from Collyer's School in February 2006 and was the venue for an
Seminars in February 2007 when
Joe Brock taught a lesson at one of the Automotive Engineering
Several of the above schools have received furniture, materials or
donations from Pageant.
Hilary Emery Nursery School was originally called
JTT Nursery School (see
JTT pages), but was renamed
when it moved into new premises funded by the
African Oyster Trust. Pageant member Aris
Harrison-Price coordinates assistance given to this school by
Nuneaton Lions Club, Ashby Castle Rotary Club, Coleman Primary
School and other organisations in the Leicester area.
Humanity Nursery was first visited by Pageant
in April 2011
when it consisted of one classroom catering for 18 children.
Pageant helped with funding for a second classroom block, followed
by toilets, mains water, electricity and general refurbishment.
Pageant has also paid for a teacher to take a three year course
at Gambia College. A Pageant team has visited Humanity
Nursery every April, with all sorts of fun lessons and games.
Jambanjelly Nursery has received furniture, materials
and donations from Pageant.
Modou Lamin is a boy who attends Jambanjelly BCS. He was born
with a badly deformed leg, so this was amputated in 2010, and
Pageant then launched an appeal to pay for the construction and
fitting of a prosthetic leg. [read
Modou Lamin's story] In April 2014 Pageant
organised a Sports Day, which you can
Jambanjelly BCS sports day.
Pageant has also donated sports kit and furniture and will
probably be doing more there in the future in conjunction with
Jarreng is more than 150 km east of Banjul, on the south side of the Gambia
River. Jarreng Basic Cycle School received a microscope
in 2002,and then took part in a microscopy competition
It was visited in 2003 and Pageant helped the
headmaster set up a chicken farming project. However, the conditions proved to be too hot for successfully
rearing of chickens and the building has been put to alternative uses. Pageant visited again in
February 2008. The most recent of several
other visits was in April 2011.
A Senior Secondary School was created by the addition of Grades 10 to 12, and this is called
Niamina being the name of the district in which Jarreng is situated.
JJT Nursery School
moved into new premises in 2010, and was renamed the
Hilary Emery Nursery School. The old Pageant web pages are still
available to tell the story of JTT up to its move.
Jurunku is a village on the north bank of the Gambia River, about 15 km east of Bakalarr.
The school was a Lower Basic School until 2014, when it extended
its age range to become a Basic Cycle School. Pageant has
been involved with many projects at this school, initially
with Jon Quinnell and Lamin Jammeh organising things.
a young man from Jurunku village, organised much of the work at this school.
Pageant visited Kanikunda LBS
(alternative spelling Kanni Kunda) in February 2014 and again in
to check on various projects.
The King's Kid Academy (KKA) was founded
in 1997 by a Nigerian missionary
to provide nursery education, expanded to Lower
Basic Grades 1 to 6, and currently (2014) is covering Grades 7
and 8 in the Upper Basic range. Pageant started helping KKA in 2006,
and two Pageant web pages cover happenings at this school.
covers 2006-2007, and the second
from 2008 onwards. Funds were raised by teams in Plymouth-Banjul Challenge -
Desert Mice & First to the Bar
in 2007 and Transplant Titans
in 2008. Students from Oakham School (UK) and Copenhagen International School funded a new toilet block
in July 2008, as part of the Toilets and Textbooks
project. Pageant visited in October 2009
to assemble some bookshelves. In
June 2011 Lauren & Dan spent some time teaching
at KKA as part of their Education Degree Course. Pageant visits
KKA regularly, such as April 2012,
April 2013 and
KMJ Nursery School is in Wellingara, at the southern end of Serrekunda.
Pageant first visited this school briefly in October 2003
, then in February 2006
and again in February 2007
. Again in February 2007, Pageant member Tina Boswell carried out an
there. In February 2008
, Tina's daughter, Frances, and some friends spent several days teaching the children.
In October 2009 the school received new bookshelves. In
, Lauren & Dan spent some time teaching at KMJ as part of their
Education Degree Course.
Kunkujang Keitaya UBS has received furniture, materials
donations from Pageant.
Pageant held a very good Maths workshop at Lutheran LBS in
April 2014 and will no doubt be doing more there in the future.
Mahmoud Achten Nursery School is in Fagikunda a suburb of Serrekunda.
John Emery and Jane Bull helped to achieve some great improvements at this school,
but are no longer active there.
Masroor SSS has received furniture, materials and donations from Pageant
Pageant ran a very successful Microscopy
class at Mingdaw in April 2014 and we will probably be doing
more there in the future in conjunction with Gambia College. Mingdaw has a widely used alternative spelling Mindaw.
Niamina SSS grew out of Jarreng BCS
by the adding Grades 10 to 12. It was named after the name of the district in which Jarreng is situated.
New Yundum and Nusrat have both received furniture, materials or donations from Pageant.
Pallol is one of two schools where we have funded projects in
conjunction with Peace Corps Volunteers who are working in these schools.
more about PCV at Pallol
Students from Christ's Hospital did a Maths & Science day at Presentation of Mary UBS. Pageant
has given the school quite a bit of Science equipment and we
will probably be doing more there in the future in conjunction
with Gambia College.
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The name has been changed officially to
Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital though
everyone still calls it by the old name.
Nemakunku is a village about 12km southwest
of Banjul. Pageant helped Saloum Nursery School in this
village from 2005 to 2010. Funds for this school were raised by team
in the 2006 Plymouth-Banjul Challenge.
Serrekunda LBS has received furniture,
materials and donations from Pageant
This school, sometimes called SDA LBS, is in Farato near
Busumbala. They received lots of goodies in Pageant's container load
in August 2011.
Known as SHM for short, this school opened in September 2008 and
caters for pupils aged from 3 to 5. It is currently the only nursery school in Gunjur providing both
Islamic and conventional education. Pageant has provided furniture, helped to fund renovation of the
perimeter wall, build a new classroom and kitchen, replace the collapsed water tower and provide a
solar powered pump for the well. There are links from the
main SHM page to all the stories
about SHM. Also in April 2012, a team from Pageant organised a Sports Day
about the sports day)
Siffoe Lower Basic School is about 40 km south of Banjul, close to the border with
Southern Senegal. Pageant provided funds for the completion of the new five classroom block. A lot of progress
was seen during the October 2005
visit. There has recently been further funding, and the work has now been completed (more
about these projects).
Sinchu Baliya Lower Basic School is one of the largest primary schools in The Gambia.
It is near Serrekunda, about 10km west of Banjul. It has a well established
Science Club and a Resource Centre,
which was built with funding raised by Pageant members Linda Murgatroyd and
Chris Hyde. Team
in the 2007 Plymouth Banjul Challenge made Sinchu Baliya their own special project, raising £1200 for the school.
It was the venue for one of the Practical Science Seminars in February 2007.
See details of Pageant's visit to Sobeya Nursery and Skills Training Centre in
Pageant has given SOS SSS quite a bit of Science equipment and
we have a very good relationship with the excellent headmaster
St Augustine's Upper Basic is in Banjul. Pageant member
has been involved in supplying computers for their computer laboratory and setting up a woodwork facility.
There were visits to see sponsored students and these facilities in
February 2006 and
One of Pageant's first Science & Microscopy Workshops
was held there [more
about 2009 Science Workshops]
and we have given them further science equipment.
Tanji LBS has received furniture, materials etc. via Pageant.
In April 2014, a Pageant team visited Unity
Nursery and organised singing and dancing, followed by painting
and making collages.
painting at Unity).
We will no doubt be doing more there in the future.
Unity Comprehensive received a
Pageant science kit, and furniture for their library, and also
microscopes from djb microtech
(more about the
The University has received
equipment and other materials via Pageant.
Wellingara LBS has received
furniture, materials etc. via Pageant.
Pageant member Andrew Rattray funded the refurbishment of the school
kitchen. Since then the school has
moved to new premises in Banjul. Pageant is still helping the
school in many ways, including provision of cricket kit for
their successful team in the local schools league.
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Nursery in Serrekunda was in rented premises, with the lease soon
due to run out. Alex Odell started a project to relocate the school
in new premises, and she was supported by an
enthusiastic group who call themselves the Gambia Crew. They raised funding and purchased land for building the new
Yallal Tankonjala is one of two schools where we have funded projects in
conjunction with Peace Corps Volunteers who are working in these schools.
more about PCV
at Yallal Tankonjala
The YMCA Skills Training Centre in Banjul
offers courses in catering, hotel management, hair dressing,
cosmetology, dress making etc.