The Albaraca School in Sukuta was first opened its doors
to in January, 1998 with just 25 pupils. Today it has
nursery places for 150 children covering the ages of
3 to 7 years of old. Their are 4 qualified teachers
trained at the Gambia College, a classroom assistant,
caretaker and kitchen supervisor as well as the principal.
How to Sponsor A Child:
In Gambia nursery schools don't receive government aid
it is entirely dependent on voluntary donations and
child sponsorship for their education.
There is a minimum contribution of £30 per annum (payable
each August). You will be delivered a sponsorship form
which you should return with your cheque or fill in
the details instructing a standing order.
All the money from sponsorship goes directly towards
the running costs of the kindergarten (mostly on teacher's
salaries). During the first term all benefactors receive
a picture of their child / teacher and a newsletter.
At the end of the academic year (July / August) sponsors
will receive a school report on their educational progress
during the year.
There are currently 4 classrooms named the Athene for
the youngest children, the Langham meant for kids aged
3 and 4, the Dr Joyce Symons classroom for children
aged 5 to 6, the Stiffkey for kids aged 6 to 7. There
is also the headteacher's office and storeroom building,
a library, toilet blocks and a kitchen to serve up nutritious,
Its trustees are based in The Gambia and in the UK and
coordinate their work to ensure the efficient running
of the school. They send regular shipments of educational
supplies and garments.
The aim of the nursery is to avoid teaching by repetition
but to allow the teachers to educate the kids through
independent learning by using toys and games.
The children's parents / guardians are obliged to pay
a very small amount of money towards their education
(less than 20 pence per month).