Contact Address Details:
St. John's School For The Deaf
Kanifing, MDI Road
Tel no: +220 7709286
Fax: +45 5926 5243
Chairman: Mr. Amadou Touray
John's is a special school in Gambia for the hard of hearing. The
school for the hearing impaired was established in 1984. Its origins
go back to 1978 when a nun in Banjul started teaching 7 deaf boys in
her residence. As news spread about her work a Norwegian doctor
called Hans Grønås and some Catholic priests began an initiative to
get funding for the formation of an institution for the deaf.
Support came from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
(NORAD) and the World Bank which enabled the project to commence
with initially 40 students of mixed sexes. Today there are around
230 Christian and Muslim pupils and 30 teachers who provide primary
and junior secondary education for the deaf.
The educational institution is operated by the Catholic Church while
the government pays the teachers' salaries.
Due to its size it can only cater for around 25% of Gambian children
who have audiological impairment or profoundly deaf.
Classes & Courses:
Young boys are taught sign language, metal and wood work to gain
skills in producing chairs, cabinets, tables etc. These items are
then sold to raise funds for the school's coffers. They also learn
the craft of sewing which may become useful if they want to pursue a
career as a tailor.
The girls a given classes on sign
language, child care, housekeeping duties, needlework and operating
a sewing machine to produce uniforms, batiks and other garments.
Food & Self-Sufficiency:
St. John's has its own large garden which grows fruits and
vegetables which are served as part of a healthy diet for the the
children's dietary requirements.
If you wish to sponsor a deaf child then please contact them at the
above address. They will provide you with regular updates of your
sponsored child's progress in his or her education.