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Contact Address Details:
Future In Our Hands
Banjul area Head office
Kotu South
PO Box 352 Serrekunda
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 4460360

Branches: 1

Their signboard is opposite Kololi Tavern on the Kololi Road.

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 gardening).

- 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, nutrition).

- 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.

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