The Sunrise Centre is a combined skills complex, nursery facility,
lower basic school & serves as a community building for
meetings & events. It was initially constructed
by SOS Children's Village & given to the Bakoteh community.
After the signing of a MOU in 2010 with the Bakoteh Village
Development Committee it gave permission for GETS
to operate the now re-named Sunrise Centre.
The facility opened its doors in 2011 as a skills centre for 15 to 18 year old
teaching them math, English language, cookery, sewing, tie & dye.
assists students to find work experience in hotels, tailoring
workshops and restaurants as well as assisting teachers in their
nursery. There are plans to extend their courses to include
hairdressing and beauty, Information Technology, woodwork and
These courses are targeted at young people who had, for various
reasons, not completed their grade 9 schooling. The aim of the
training is to give students some basic skills with which to get a
job or engage in some kind of self-employment.
There is also
the Sunshine Nursery School for 4 to 7 year olds with places for nearly 50 pupils
in two classes. The curriculum is drafted in the UK and grounded on the Gambia's
Early Childhood Development (ECD) curriculum.
The teacher's salaries are consistent with the Government's pay
scales guidance for teachers' pay.
Lower Basic School:
In January 2012 work began on constructing a Lower Basic School on
the site for 6 to 7 year old local children. It consists of a 2
storey block with 2 classrooms, boys and girls WC, an administration
office, library, staff quarters and health observation room. The
Lower Basic building has been completed and Grade 1, 2 and 3 are
using 3 of the six Lower Basic classrooms this September. Grade 4, 5
and 6 will be in use in following years as the present students move
up through the school.
Supporting The Centre:
There are several ways to lend your support for the centre such as
financial, material and skills.
The simplest way to give something while shopping is to log
into the Easy Fundraising website while shopping online. The
shop outlets donate a percentage of the cost of their goods
or services to the school.
Another way is to simply use a search engine called Easy Search
(having GETS as the search page). Then when you carry out
a search of the internet a few pennies is donated to GETS
who operate the Sunrise Centre.
Finally, you could always become a fundraiser or coordinator in your home
country. You can also request for some of their
leaflets which you can distribute to friends, family and work
colleagues. Contact them above if you are interested.
• Support a class
Pound for Pound your money goes further because instead of donating
money to a single child you are donating to 25 individuals (cost £120 per
year ). This goes towards helping to pay the teachers monthly wages.
It also assists in purchasing new classroom materials, toys and
equipment for the children.
If you are travelling to Gambia
on holiday or business
then you can even opt to physically take some
equipment over to support the school. Contact them
above if you are interested.
• Support Projects at Sunrise
You can give financial support to proposed or ongoing projects such
as building walls and office blocks, purchase desks and chairs, buy
a colour laser printer, extra bricks for fence, notice board etc.
• Material Support:
If you have any spare space in your baggage then you can pack things
like large refuse sacks with handles, black pens, beads, crochet
hooks, knitting needles, 7 watt screw
energy saver light bulbs, kid's pencils, colouring books, embroidery
threads & needles, tea towels, oven gloves, etc. Ask them for more
They have available opportunities for volunteers working in The Gambia. You
can assist in office administration, general maintenance work,
painting, be a classroom assistant.
Particularly sought after are teachers with experience working with
teenage students. This is because they are aiming at registering the Skills
Centre to award NVQ style qualifications. You can choose to work for
whatever period though the longer the better. Please note you will
no payment and you would be responsible for your own flight and
lodgings. If you are interested then contact them for their volunteer
Other Community Uses:
The complex also acts as a community centre and is regularly used
for meetings and special events.
There are 3 security staff controlling access to the buildings as
well as cleaning staff and a gardener.
They administer, execute and oversee a number of educational projects in
Chairman & Sunrise Project Director
Sponsorship Secretary & Nursery Advisor
Sunrise Centre Director