NJOREN

Njoren is a small very poor rural village very close to the border with Senegal.

The school (just like the village) has no electricity nor running water.

The priority in this school was to renovate or build the accommodation for teachers (who have to live on site as the school is hard to reach – a 9 km walk through a dusty/ muddy track in the bush from the main road). Until then, only male teachers were willing and able to share the previous tiny room in two or three (see pictures on right).

The school has 450 students and 16 teachers.

Already achieved through donor support:

 Building of 4 bedrooms' Teachers' living quarters 

☑ Supply of 4 manual grinding mills

Jolly Phonics material 

Stationery (exercise books, pencils, colour pencils, chalk, markers, vanguards) 

 5 Whiteboards and markers

  1 bicycle

  1 football and 1 volleyball

  Uniforms for poor children (2 uniforms cost GMD 850 i.e. about GBP 14/ CHF 16.60) *The Peter Da Costa Fund

  Subsidies for school meals – GMD 1 per meal (i.e. about GBP 0.015/ CHF 0.020) *The Peter Da Costa Fund 

Njoren still needs:

☐ Well pump for drinking water and school orchard

☐ New solar panel batteries

☐ Computer for staff and printer

☐ Computers for students

☐ Class furniture: benches/ chairs and tables

9km from the main road
9km from the main road
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Welcome
Welcome
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School orchard
School orchard

For school meals

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Group of students
Group of students
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Headmaster's office
Headmaster's office
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Gender roll analysis
Gender roll analysis

Bansang region schools

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Teacher teaching phonics
Teacher teaching phonics
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Old staff quarters
Old staff quarters

In unacceptable conditions

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New staff quarters we have built
New staff quarters we have built

thanks to your donations. Check our 'News' section.

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School yard and existing classes
School yard and existing classes
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Children operating the well
Children operating the well
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Blackboard made of plywood and
Blackboard made of plywood and

paint

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One of the makeshift classrooms
One of the makeshift classrooms

with dangerous corrugated iron as walls

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Staff quarters
Staff quarters
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Orphans with their uniforms acquired
Orphans with their uniforms acquired

through the ‘Peter Da Costa Fund’

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DOBANG KUNDA

The children at Dobang Kunda surprised us with a wonderful and unexpected "Welcome Welcome" chant (see video on 'Home' page)! 

 

This school though supported by the village community, still has two major issues:

  1. shortage of Teachers' quarters;

  2. replacement of classroom roofing (planned to be achieved via ‘The Peter Da Costa Fund’)

The school has 455 students and 14 teachers.

Already achieved through donor support:

          ☑ Supply of 2 manual grinding mills

Teaching and learning materials (text books, exercise books, stationery such as pencils, pens, vanguards, etc.)

 4 Whiteboards and markers

  3 bicycles

  2 footballs and 1 volleyball

  Uniforms (2 uniforms cost GMD 850 i.e. about GBP 14/ CHF 16.60) *The Peter Da Costa Fund

Dobang Kunda still needs:

☐ Classrooms

☐ Classroom furniture 

☐ Shed for canteen 

☐ Water supply for the school orchard

☐ Computers for students

DARU

This school primarily needs a well pump to substitute the manual one which is too heavy for the children to operate.

It also needs teaching and learning materials and books for the library.


The school has 337 children and 10 teachers.

Already achieved through donor support:

          ☑ Supply of 4 manual grinding mills

Garden material for school orchard

Stationery material, exercise books, pencils, pens, etc. 

Jolly Phonics material 

☑ 4 Whiteboards and markers

☑ 2 footballs and 1 volleyball

☑ Uniforms (2 uniforms cost GMD 850 i.e. about GBP 14/ CHF 16.60) *The Peter Da Costa Fund

☑ Subsidies for school meals – GMD 1 per meal (i.e. about GBP 0.015/ CHF 0.020) *The Peter Da Costa Fund

Daru still needs:

☐ Well pump

☐ Books for library

☐ Cupboards and notice boards

☐ Staff quarters

☐ Classroom furniture

Staff quarters
Staff quarters
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The school library
The school library
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Staff quarters
Staff quarters
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Sesame oil (to be)
Sesame oil (to be)
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The head teacher
The head teacher
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Mothers' Club representative with donated
Mothers' Club representative with donated

manual grinding mill - see ‘Peter Da Costa Fund’

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P.E. in a junk-ridden field
P.E. in a junk-ridden field

The school football field partly used as local rubbish dump

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Teaching national language
Teaching national language

Mandinka – Local language course

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Buildings date from 1947
Buildings date from 1947
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School toilets in bad shape
School toilets in bad shape
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Mission statement
Mission statement
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Visual arts class
Visual arts class
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Cooking the school meals
Cooking the school meals

funded by WFP – Mothers preparing meals

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Old classroom furniture
Old classroom furniture

in dire need of renovation

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Classroom furniture renovated by
Classroom furniture renovated by

Mr. Colley (the metal and woodworking Head of Department)

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BANSANG LOWER BASIC

This school is the largest in the region, and one of the oldest as it was built in 1947 and, owing to age, needs renovation (some of the structures are unsafe for use).

The school has double shifts which prevents a different use of the classrooms for other study programs.

The school has 1635 students and 42 teachers.

Already achieved through donor support:

          ☑ Supply of 1 large electric grinding mill

Teaching and learning materials

Jolly Phonics material  

Stationery materials (text books, exercise books, stationery pencils, pens, vanguards, etc.) 

 4 Whiteboards and markers

 Plywood and paint for blackboards

 1 football

 Classroom furniture (renovated by the metal and woodworking Head of Department)

 Uniforms – School uniforms for poor children (2 uniforms cost GMD 850 i.e. about GBP 14/ CHF 16.60) *The Peter Da Costa Fund

☑ Subsidies for school meals  GMD 1 per meal (i.e. about GBP 0.015/ CHF 0.020) *The Peter Da Costa Fund

Bansang lower basic still needs:

☐ Subsidy in feeding program (soil is exhausted – same land since 1947)

☐ More library books grade 1-6 level books

☐ School football field is used as local waste dump – fencing would be helpful

 

BANSANG UPPER BASIC

This school is the largest Upper Basic school in the region, with excellent end of school final results. It has no running water (only open well) and needs digging of a new borehole. 

Needs more computers, printers, science lab material, shelves, machines for metal and woodworking classes.

Wiring of electricity needs to be changed.

Sports materials and bicycles are needed as many students walk a long way to get to school. 

 

The school has 795 students and 26 teachers. 

Already achieved through donor support:

           Supply of 1 large electric grinding mill

8 Whiteboards and markers

Stationery materials (text books, exercise books, stationery pencils, pens, vanguards, etc.) 

 8 Bicycles

 2 footballs and 1 volleyball

 Uniforms – School uniforms for poor children (2 uniforms cost GMD 850 i.e. about GBP 14/ CHF 16.60) *The Peter Da Costa Fund

☑ Subsidy of lunch money for poorer children GMD 1 per meal (i.e. about GBP 0.015/ CHF 0.020) *The Peter Da Costa Fund 

Bansang Upper Basic still needs:​

☐ Urgent need of a borehole

☐ Well pump for sanitation and school orchard

☐ School furniture

☐ Bigger school library

☐ Computers for lab (27 more required)

☐ Laptops for science and math classes

☐ Renovation of science lab and supply of scientific equipment

☐ Laser printer for exam papers

☐ Shelves and cupboards

☐ Machinery for metal and woodworking classes

☐ Domestic science class needs cooking material for cooking lessons and sewing machines

☐ Sports area needs renovation (basket pitch)

☐ New electrical wiring needed

☐ School fencing needs to be redone

☐ Sports material

☐ Possible fish ponds to feed children – the school is close to the river

A classroom
A classroom
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Fetching water from the school well
Fetching water from the school well
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Computer room
Computer room
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Dry orchard in urgent need of water
Dry orchard in urgent need of water

and fencing

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Classroom in need of refurbishment
Classroom in need of refurbishment
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Needy students receiving bicycles with
Needy students receiving bicycles with

parents invited to witness the handover

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Students receiving whiteboard,
Students receiving whiteboard,

markers and stationery materials

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Orphans with their uniforms acquired
Orphans with their uniforms acquired

through the ‘Peter Da Costa Fund’

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Mothers' Club representative with donated
Mothers' Club representative with donated

electric grinding mill - see ‘Peter Da Costa Fund’

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Exam hall
Exam hall
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Toilets in need of refurbishment
Toilets in need of refurbishment
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Students' toilets
Students' toilets
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Sports team
Sports team
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Art course
Art course
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Toilet in need of refurbishment
Toilet in need of refurbishment
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Classrooms buildings
Classrooms buildings
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Students receiving biology lab materials
Students receiving biology lab materials

and microscopes

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Scout band receives an accordion
Scout band receives an accordion

(and guitar)

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BANSANG SENIOR SECONDARY

This is one of the biggest Senior Secondary schools in the region. It's very important given that this is where all students prepare their A' levels in order to go to university in The Gambia or abroad. Bansang Senior Secondary is well renown for its sports athletes.  

Urgent needs are lab materials, furniture for classrooms and library, whiteboards, wire for fencing of grounds, toilets and water supply, tools for metal and woodworking classes, sports kits and visual arts materials.

The school has 1450 students and 42 teachers.

Already achieved through donor support:

  25 Whiteboards and markers 

Biology lab materials, wall charts and microscopes

Geography charts and world globes

 1 football and 1 volleyball

Bansang Senior Secondary still needs:

☐ School library renovation (shelves and reading tables, computer)

☐ Watering system and fencing for school orchard

☐ Sanitation renovation (toilets)

☐ Domestic science lab needs cookers, utensils, water connection and gas bottles

☐ Chemistry lab needs water connection, storage for material, furniture, reagents, chemicals and oxygen/ gas bottles

☐ Physics lab needs water connection, storage for material and furniture

☐ Metal and woodworking shops need machines and tools

☐ Physical and health education need classrooms and furniture as well as sport material and drinking bottles

☐ Visual arts room needs paints, brushes, chisels and furniture

☐ Projectors and curtains for projection room