Project information

Provision of Nursery Education in Gambia

To provide the continuation of nursery education facilities to c. 500 Gambian 3-7 year old children thus maximising their chances of success in their on going education

December 2016 - December 2017

Charity information: African Oyster Trust

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  • Need


    There is a general lack of well equipped nursery facilities in Gambia with State education not starting until 7 years of age


    The African Oyster Trust supports four nursery schools providing learning for around 500 children. However, there is an on going need to raise funding to ensure the continued provision of this quality education in well maintained and equipped facilities

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provision of exemplary nursery education in safe, well equipped and well maintained facilities


    » Continued assessment and training of teaching staff. Regular monitoring of children's progress. Outside feedback from Dept of Education
    » Continued maintenance of four nursery schools
    » On going provision of equipment and materials

    What success will look like

    Success will be: education of c.500 3 to 7 year old children
    Good reports from children, parents, Dept. of Education and outside assessors
    Smooth progress to Lower Basic School

  • Impact


    Demonstrable improvement in educational achievement of local children.
    English language skills are key as the population speak any one of nine tribal languages. Lower Basic School teaching is in English only so children would benefit from a head start by attending nursery.
    Improved access to nursery education in an areas where demand far exceeds supply. Success to be demonstrated by continuing good reports from children, parents, dept. of education and outside assessors


    We are well accustomed to dealing with the usual challenges of working in a third world environment and have good learning from several year's experience


    Our web site carries regular updates of all projects, blogs from visitors and reports from our representative based in The Gambia.
    We also publish regular newsletters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,300 Salaries Salaries of teaching staff
      £1,600 Maintenance and equipmemnt Supply of equipment, materials, and maintenance of facilities
      £700 Training Teaching staff development and training
      £800 Water Provision of clean water supply at schools
  • Background


    Our nursery schools are located at Serrakunda (Gambia’s biggest city), Jappineh, Jarra Central (one of the poorest districts in Gambia), Gunjur (South Gambia) and Talinding (within Serrekunda, the most populous area of urban Gambia within the Kombo Region).


    Average family incomes are often under £1 per day. Families tend to be large and parents often leave toddlers alone, or with a sibling, while seeking work. Formal schooling does not begin until age 7.

    By providing nursery facilities, the children will have a head start in schooling and the parents will appreciate having a safe environment where they can leave their children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have built up a lot of experience from our four nursery schools in The Gambia, all of them are fully enrolled with an average of 100 children attending.
    They receive exemplary ratings from Dept of Ed and visitors alike.
    Graduates go on to do well at Lower Basic Schools.
    We supervise all of these very closely and know what we are doing. As we are a small charity all the funds raised go directly to the projects on the ground.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lady Kira Dalton

    Resident in The Gambia half the year. Completed first school project 15 years ago. With a good local team ensures the projects are delivered.