The Future In Our Hands (FIOH) was established in Gambia in
the early 1980s and is a member of the umbrella organisation
in the Greater Banjul area called TANGO. It is a Swedish based
charity and registered NGO which is focused on promoting education
and increasing the capacity of people in rural communities
to combat grinding poverty.
Areas of Intervention:
• Community Development Programme:-
The aim of the scheme is to alleviate poverty by enhancing
the capacity of community institutions with special emphasis
on human rights based advocacy and livelihood skills training
to allow poor and marginalised people to raise their standards
of living and economic independence.
FIOH Gambia works in tandem with village
development projects to identify the priority areas of any
programme before its execution. A plan is then set out in
the form of a Community Action Plan. A number of fairly wide
issues are tackled such as examples in the following:
- Agriculture and food security (cereal stores, vegetable
- Entrepreneurship skills training & civic education.
- Environment ( tree planting schemes, waste management, sewage).
- Gender and equality (early marriages, FGM).
- Good governance & organisational development.
- Health (Malaria prevention & control, HIV/Aids, hygiene,
- Women & youth capacity building & empowerment.
The various Community Based Organisations (CBOs), which they
work with to achieve these goals are environmental clubs,
gender equality committees, mothers' clubs, parent teacher
associations (PTA), Alkalos and other community leaders, Village
Development Committees (VDCs) among others.
• Schools Construction
Through their Construction and Technical Training Unit FIOH
carries out schools building construction locally initiated
as part of its program or through building contracts received
from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education via their
Project Coordination Unit. The department's international
donors includes the World Bank, EFA Fast Track Initiative,
UNICEF and others.
As at 2012 it has assisted with building or refurbishing about
160 school kitchens, 1,000 classrooms, 900 toilets, 230 staff
rooms and built 95 Lower Basic Schools.
• Teaching Methods
Their education development plan works on teacher training
in order to improve the standard of education in schools.
To this end an early learning reading system has been adapted
for The Gambia. The program is the Serholt Early Grade Reading
Ability (SEGRA) which began in 2009. It adopts active learning
which involves groups of six to eight pupils learning letters
and blending the sounds of letters into words through fun,
games and play using writing strips, books, rhymes, picture
and alphabet sound cards etc.
Funding & Affiliations:
Future In Our Hands is the implementing branch of Gambiagrupperna
and its work is supported by funding from the Swedish International
Development Co-operation Agency in Valhallavägen in Stockholm.