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Gambia Home Economics Association, Skills Centre

Contact Address:
Gambia Home Economics
Association, Skills Centre

Banjul area Head office
Old Jeshwang
PO Box 812 Banjul
Kanifing Municipality, Ksmd
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220 4394429 

The GHEASC Skills Centre in Old Jeshwang was created in 1985 on a vacant plot of land with the support of the Government of Canada and is operated by the Gambia Home Economics Association. The NGO was established to train girls who dropped out of school early, tutoring students from the ages of between 12 to 24 years old, recruiting those who had no schooling to those at high school grade level.

The purpose of the skills training unit is to enable young women to generate income either through self-employment or as staff employees of businesses or organisations.

Support and financing was carried on until 1994 when it ceased. From 1994 to 1997 the school was the recipient of a financial grant from the Government of The Gambia. Running costs were also partially covered by student fees and income generating schemes like the sale of students products, catering and renting of rooms for meetings.

The Centre has received additional support from a UK based charity organisation called Friends of The Gambia (FROGS), who have donated some equipment and books

The GHEA Skills Centre has a 2 year craft level programme.

Year 1
Dressmaking / Tailoring
Home Management

Year 2
Hotel Management
Tie Dye & Batik

About 70% of students opt to specialise in cookery and 5% in tailoring. The facility carries out its own evaluation assessments and awards its own graduation certificates.

During the final year of their course, students are placed in a 6 week to 2 month work attachment in bar restaurants, catering firms and hotels. This can lead to some of them being offered part-time jobs during their courses or full-time work upon graduating.

Approximately 70% of the students specialise in cookery and 5% in dressmaking. During the second year of the course, students undertake a six week to two month work attachment in the Gambia's tourism sector such as in hotels and restaurants. As a result, some are offered part time work during their studies and jobs on graduation. The Centre assesses students internally and awards its own in-house certificate.

The facilities of the education complex comprise of a dressmaking room with sewing machines, training kitchen, classrooms and a few offices. They also maintain a vegetable patch to use in the cookery lessons.
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