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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 all references to the school on our site (including this page!) The [MAP] link shows the school's location as accurately as we know it on a Google map. We no longer show general area maps where we don't have a school's accurate location. In these cases, please refer to one of the excellent maps listed on our Maps page. We also have a page with information about UK Schools, which have links with Gambian schools in association with Pageant. 

Updates

This page was fully updated in August 2011 for the school year 2010-2011. We will do another major update when we have all the sponsorship data for the school year starting in Autumn 2011. We will update entries for individual schools as appropriate. If you can add to the information about any school, such as a link to a school website, or a more accurate location or can correct any errors, then please email me:
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Find a School
 
 
 

To find a school, move the mouse pointer over the alphabet above. This will display the schools whose name starts with that letter. After selecting a letter, move straight down to the list before moving sideways to select a school. For each letter, the schools are listed by type (see Gambia Education System below). Schools which combine several levels on one site will appear in more than one list. Schools listed like this have Pageant sponsored students, but no other formal relationship with Pageant. Schools listed like this have a strong association with Pageant, and may also have their own Pageant web page. To return to this 'Find a School' section, click on any of the links at the right of many of the school entries.

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 up-country villages.

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.

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 commercial subjects.

More about Schools and Communities

The Gambia Resource Page is a website holding a vast range of information about The Gambia. This direct link to their Education Section show you a comprehensive list of the majority of Gambia's schools and colleges. To see the drop in numbers at schools from LBS to SSS, have a look at Region 3, the North Bank Region, which is where Bakalarr is situated. The Falling Rain directory covers the whole of The Gambia, listing latitude and longitude of many towns, villages and communities.

List of Gambian Schools
ABC Nursery, Ebo Town, Jeshwang

 

Abuko LBS Abuko, Kanifing near Banjul

[website]

 [Pageant page]

[MAP]

 

Abuko 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 nearest school. See the main Abuko LBS page and the following updates:

Abuko Nursery School

[MAP]

Abuko UBS

[MAP]

 In February 2010 Pageant held one of the Microscopy Workshops at this school. (see details)

           

Aj Sherimang Nursery, Gunjur

[Pageant news]

           

Albion LBS Banjul

[website]

 [Pageant page]

 

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 on this page. During February 2012, Tom Kimber, a teacher from Westdene Primary School in Brighton, organised a group of teachers on a week-long visit. See this news item.

Albreda LBS Albreda (Albadarr), Upper Niumi, North Bank

[MAP]

Albreda UBS Albreda, Upper Niumi, North Bank

[MAP]

Appletree International LBS Serrekunda

 

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Bakalarr BCS Upper Niumi, North Bank

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

Bakalarr is 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:

Bakau New Town LBS Bakau New Town, Kanifing near Banjul

[ website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

Pageant helped Bakau New Town Lower Basic School with its vegetable garden in 2003, and it has been used as a base for unpacking containers. Though the school doesn't have any major Pageant projects at the moment, there are several sponsored children.

Bakau UBS Bakau

[MAP]

Banyaka LBS Western Region

[MAP]

Chestnut Grove School in Balham, London has links with this school. In May 2011 they raised funds to complete the construction of a school library. (more details on our Chestnut Grove page)

Barra-Essau UBS Essau, North Bank

[MAP]

Sarah Hayes has been helping this school for some time, and used to sponsor a pupil there. She raised funds for the school by running in the 2009 Marine Corps 10k run. (see details)  In February 2010 Pageant held one of the Microscopy Workshops at this school. (see details)

Brikama Methodist Nursery Brikama

 

Brikama Methodist LBS Brikama

[MAP]

Brikama Methodist UBS Brikama

[MAP]

Brikama Methodist Academy (SSS) Brikama

[MAP]

Brikamedina Pipeline Nursery School Brikama Western Region

[website]

 [Pageant page]

[MAP]

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.

Brufut LBS Brufut, Kombo North, Western Region

[MAP]

Busumbala Farato LBS Busumbala, Western Region

[MAP]

Busumbala Farato LBS has received furniture, materials and donations from Pageant. Pageant is associated with the Women's Group in Busumbala.

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Campama LBS Banjul

[website]

 [Pageant page]

[MAP]

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 the latest container load - see details.

Campama Nursery Banjul      

 
Charles Jow UBS Bundung, Serrekunda

 

Charles Jow SSS Bundung, Serrekunda (Charles Jaw?)

Crab Island UBS Banjul

[website]

 [Pageant page]

[MAP]

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:

Core Comprehensive SSS Kanifing, Serrekunda

[MAP]

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Deeper Life Nursery School Kotu, Kanifing near Banjul

[website]

[Pageant page]

Deeper Life Nursery School was first visited in October 2003 and on several other occasions to visit Pageant-sponsored children.

Deeper Life LBS Serrekunda

[MAP]

Don McMaeth Foundation LBS Kololi/Kotu

Deeper Life and Don McMaeth have received furniture, materials and donations from Pageant.

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Essau SSS Lower Niumi, North Bank

[MAP]

Essau UBS Lower Niumi, North Bank

Essau is on the north bank of the Gambia River, opposite Banjul, and close to the ferry terminal. Essau SSS  received a Science Kit from Collier's School in February 2006, organised a Science Fair in September 2006 and was the venue for one of the Practical Science Seminars in February 2007.

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Farato Nursery School Farato, Kombo South

 

Farato LBS Farato, Kombo South    

 

Foundation for Disabled People Banjul

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

The Foundation for Disabled People has a workshop which produces specialised all terrain wheelchairs and trains disabled people to build, maintain and repair wheelchairs. It also runs 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 Sarjo's wheelchair) and Pageant funded a further batch of 15 wheelchairs for disabled students from different regions of The Gambia.

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Gambia SSS Banjul

[website]

 [Pageant page]

[MAP]

Gambia Senior Secondary School (also called Gambia High School) in Banjul was visited twice in November 2005 - see 1st visit - 2nd visit. It received a Science Kit from Collier's School in February 2006 and was the venue for one of the Practical Science Seminars in February 2007. It was helped extensively by Keith Farrington, see news item March 2006.

Gambia College Banjul  

This college was the site of the 2011 Physics Workshops

 
Gambia Home Economics Skills Centre

[MAP]

The Home Economics Skills Centre (GHESC) in Old Jeshwang has received furniture, materials and donations from Pageant.

Gambia Hotel School Banjul

[website]

[Pageant page]

 

 

Gambia Telecommunications & Multimedia Institute Kanifing

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

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. Pageant has sponsored students at GTMI

Gambia Technical Training Institute  Kanifing

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

GTTI provides 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 Science Kit from Collier's School in February 2006 and was the venue for an offshoot of the Practical Science Seminars in February 2007 when Joe Brock taught a lesson at one of the Automotive Engineering classes. Pageant has several students who are attending or have completed GTTI courses.

Garba Jahumpa UBS Banjul  

[MAP]

 In February 2010 Pageant held one of the Microscopy Workshops at this school. (see details)

Glory Baptist SSS Old Jeshwang  

 

 
Gola Fortunate LBS Kanifing  

 

Grace Institute of Professional Accounting Serrekunda  

 

Greater Banjul UBS Abuko  

 

 

Several of the above schools have received furniture, materials or donations from Pageant.

Gunjur LBS Gunjur      

 
Gunjur UBS Gunjur      

 

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Hilary Emery Nursery School Talinding, Serrekunda

[website]

[Pageant page]

Hilary Emery Nursery School is in Talinding, Serrekunda a few km from central Banjul. It 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 School Ferato Nema

Visited by Pageant April 2011 - see news page

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IPAM (Further education) Serrekunda

 

 

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Jambanjali Daycare Nursery Jambanjali, W Region

[MAP]

Jambanjali Nursery has received furniture, materials and donations from Pageant.

Jambanjali LBS Jambanjali, W Region mlj.htm

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

Jamisa LBS Brikama

Jamisa UBS Brikama  

 

Jarreng BCS Jarreng, Nyamena East, Central River Region

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

(Nyamena SSS)  Jarreng, Central River Region

[MAP]

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. Jarreng has now completed the process of adding SS grades, and now teaches the complete range of Grades 1-12. The SSS is called Nyamena SSS, which is the name of the district in which Jarreng is situated.

JC Faye UBS Banjul

[MAP]

JC Faye SSS Banjul  

 
Jolloff Tutors (Further education) Serrekunda

JTT Nursery School Talinding, Serrekunda see Hilary Emery Nursery School above

[website]

[Pageant page]

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 LBS Jurunku, Upper Niumi, North Bank Region

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

Jurunku is a village on the north bank of the Gambia River, about 15 km east of Bakalarr. Pageant has been involved in several projects at this school and Pageant member Jon Quinnell and Lamin Jammeh, a young man from Jurunku village, organised much of the work at this school.

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Kabafita UBS Brikama  

[MAP]

Kavao LBS    

 

King's Kid Academy Temasu, near Lamin, Kombo North, Western Region

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

The King's Kid Academy (KKA) was founded about 10 years ago by a Nigerian missionary, to provide nursery education. Pageant started helping this school in 2006. There are two Pageant pages. The first page covers 2006-2007, and the second page covers 2008 onwards. Funds have been 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 are funding a new toilet block in July 2008, as part of the Toilets and Textbooks project. Pageant visited in October 2009 to assemble some bookshelves from another container load - see details In June 2011, Lauren & Dan spent some time teaching at KKA as part of their Education Degree Course - see details

KMJ Nursery School Wellingara, Serrekunda

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

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 Art Project 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 June 2011, Lauren & Dan spent some time teaching at KMJ as part of their Education Degree Course - see details

Kotu Prep School (LBS)  Kotu, Western Region

 

Kotu SSS  Kotu, Western Region  

 
Kudang BCS Niamina East, Central River Region

[MAP]

Kunkujang Keitaya UBS Kombo North, W Region

[MAP]

Kunkujang Keitaya UBS has received furniture, materials and donations from Pageant.

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Latrikunda LBS Serrekunda

[MAP]

Latrikunda UBS Serrekunda

[MAP]

Lucy Memorial Nursery School Serrekunda

 

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Mahmoud Achten Nursery School Fagikunda, Serrekunda

[website]

[Pageant page]

 

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 a lot still needs to be done.

Maladah Nursery School Fagikunda, Serrekunda

 

Maladah Prep School (LBS) Fagikunda, Serrekunda

 

Mandinari LBS Mandinari, Kombo North  

 
Mansa Konko Teaching Hospital Mansa Konko, nr Soma,
Lower River Div
 

 
Marakissa Methodist LBS south of Brikama, W Reg.

 

Masroor SSS Yundum area

 

Masroor SSS has received furniture, materials and donations from Pageant

MDI (Management Development Institute) Kololi/Kotu area

 

Methodist LBS Banjul  

Mindaw UBS Farato Village, Western Region  

Model SSS near Brikama, Western Region  

Muslim High SSS Banjul

[MAP]

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Ndow UBS Bakau

[MAP]

Ndow SSS Bakau

Ndow UBS has had football kit and science equipment funded by Christ's Hospital students. Two of the houses at CH also fund the sponsorship of a pupil at Ndow UBS. In February 2010 Pageant held one of the Microscopy Workshops at this school. (see details) In June 2011, Lauren & Dan spent some time teaching at Ndow UBS as part of their Education Degree Course - see details

Nemasu SSS between Nemakunku and Sukuta, Kombo North  

[website]

         
New Covenant LBS Serrekunda  

 
New Covenant UBS Serrekunda  

 
New Yundum LBS New Yundum, Western Region

[MAP]

Nyamina SSS  see Jarreng
Nusrat SSS Western Region

[MAP]

New Yundum and Nusrat have received furniture, materials or donations from Pageant.

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Old Yundum UBS Old Yundum  

 

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Pakaliba LBS Central River Region

[MAP]

Palakinding Nursery nr Soma, Central River Region

Presentation of Mary Nursery School Brikama

[MAP]

Presentation of Mary Skills Centre Banjul

[MAP]

Presentation UBS Brikama  

 
President Award Scheme Bakau

Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital, Nursing School Banjul

[MAP]

 

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Saloum Nursery School Nemakunku, Kombo North, Western Region

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

Nemakunku is a village about 12km southwest of Banjul. Pageant has been helping Saloum Nursery School in this village since 2005. Funds for this school were raised by team Shap Ahoy in 2006 Plymouth-Banjul Challenge.

Scan SSS Brufut  

 
Seino Primary School (LBS) Bakoteh

 

Serrekunda LBS Jeshwang, Serrekunda

[MAP]

Serrekunda LBS has received furniture, materials and donations from Pageant

Seventh Day Advent LBS Old Jeshwang

 

Sheik Hatab Memorial (SHM Nursery School Gunjur, Kombo South, Western Region

[website]

[Pageant page]

 

This school, which opened in September 2008, 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, building a new classroom and kitchen, and replacing the collapsed water tower.

Siffoe LBS Siffoe, Kombo South, Western Region

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

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 (see details).

Siffoe CCF Nursery

 

Siffoe SSS Siffoe, Kombo South, Western Region

 

Pageant helped them fit out their new library with donated shelving and furniture (see news page)

Sinchu Baliya LBS Sinchu Baliya, Kombo North, Western Region

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

Sinchu Baliya Lower Basic School is one of the largest primary schools in The Gambia. It is near Serekunda, 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 Ibrakeforcake 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.

Sobeya Nursery School Serrekunda

 

Sobeya Skills Training Centre Serrekunda

See details of Pageant's visit to Sobeya Nursery and Skills Training Centre in February 2006.

SOS Nursery Bakoteh, Western Region

[MAP]

SOS LBS Bakoteh, Western Region

[MAP]

SOS SSS Bakoteh, Western Region

[MAP]

St Anne's Nursery Bakoteh    

 

St Augustine's School (UBS) Banjul

[website]

[Pageant page]

[MAP]

St Augustine SSS Banjul

[MAP]

St Augustine's Upper Basic is in Banjul. Pageant member Keith Farrington 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 November 2005, February 2006 and March 2006. Pageant organised one of the Science seminars at St Augustine's UBS in February 2007. See news item.

St Charles Lwanga LBS Fajikunda, Serrekunda

 

St Francis BCS Kunkujang Mariama, Kombo South

 

St Joseph of Cluny Nursery Banjul  

 
St Joseph's LBS Banjul

[MAP]

St Joseph's SSS Banjul

 

St Mary's Nursery Banjul  

 
St Peter's LBS Lamin

[MAP]

St Theresa's LBS Kanifing, Western Region

[MAP]

Sukuta LBS Yundum, Western Region

[MAP]

Sukuta UBS Yundum,

[MAP]

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Take Care Nursery Busumbala

[MAP]

Talinding LBS Talinding, Serrekunda

[MAP]

 

Talinding UBS Talinding, Serrekunda

[MAP]

Tanji LBS Tanji, Western Region

[MAP]

Tanji LBS has received furniture, materials etc. via Pageant.

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Unity Comprehensive SSS Old Jeshwang

[MAP]

Unity Comprehensive received a Pageant science kit, and furniture for their library (see news item)

University of The Gambia Kanifing, [website]

[MAP]

The University has received equipment and other materials via Pageant.

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Venman Atkinson Nursery Yundum, Busumbala

[MAP]

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West African Insurance Institute Banjul

 

Wellingara LBS Kombo North, Western Region

[MAP]

Wellingara LBS has received furniture, materials etc. via Pageant.

Wesley Primary School (LBS) Banjul

[website]

[Pageant page]

 

Pageant member Andrew Rattray funded the refurbishment of the school kitchen, which was completed in 2005.

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Yakanu International Nursery School Serrekunda

[website]

[Pageant page]

Yakanu International 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 have already raised funding and purchased land for building the new school.

YMCA UBS Banjul

[website]

   

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