PAGEANT - "Education is the future"

Welcome to the Pageant website

PAGEANT stands for Projects Aiding Gambian Education And Natural Talent. We are a small UK-registered Charity, providing urgently needed help for education solely in The Gambia, West Africa.

Gambian school children

Education is one of the most powerful and cost effective means for improving living standards in developing countries. The Gambia has a well-structured education system, but pupils must bear some of the costs, such as food, travel, books. This limits opportunities for less well-off children, even at schools where there is no actual school fee. There are many dedicated teachers in schools. Their efforts are greatly enhanced by improvements to buildings and facilities and donations of equipment. For many years, tourists have been encouraged to provide help to schools near to the tourist areas, but most up-country schools get little help.

Pageant was started by Ian and Pippa Howard in 2002 to provide assistance to Gambian children and schools. Pageant is a registered UK Charity (Charity No. 1093963). The trustees are Andrew Groves, Tina Boswell and Pippa Howard. Pageant works with our agents in The Gambia to provide help with construction projects, and provision of furniture and equipment for schools in many areas. We also help with education and self-sufficiency projects in village communities.

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Sponsorship - Gambian children miss out on education if their parents can't afford to send them to school. Pageant's Sponsorship Scheme enables students to complete their education when parents are unable to pay the costs of schooling. With our scheme, you can be sure that ALL the money goes to help the student. Check out our page showing students seeking sponsorship.

Donations - We rely on donations from individuals & organisations. You can help us by making a donation. All of our running costs are covered by our members' modest annual subscription, so 100% of donations goes to our projects in The Gambia.

Get involved with Pageant by becoming a member. Annual subscriptions below:

Child Adult Family School/Group
5.00 10.00 15.00 20.00

See our Membership Page for further details and to download a membership form.

Ethical Gifts from only

You can give Pageant Ethical Gifts at Christmas or for any significant event, such as a birthday or anniversary, or just because you feel like doing it. Our list of Ethical Gifts has gifts starting from just Your friend or relative gets a beautiful illustrated Gift Token, showing the Ethical Gift you have bought on their behalf, and describes how it will be used to help schools, children or village communities in The Gambia.

Frequently Asked Questions - All the things you need to know about Pageant are somewhere on our site, but for your convenience, we have put together a page of Frequently Asked Questions, where you can find most of the answers.

Pageant is a UK Charity - Registered No 1093963