Project information

Hilary Emery Nursery, Tallinding - HENS

To provide improved nursery education facilities to Gambian 3-7 year olds in order to maximise their chances of success in their ongoing education.

April 2010 - December 2020

Charity information: African Oyster Trust

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  • Need


    Lack of well equipped nursery facilities in this heavily populated area.
    Rapidly growing population of 3-7 year olds lacking suitable venue for learning and play.


    By building, equipping and staffing a new nursery school.

    This work was completed on time and within budget.
    The school is now open and fully subscribed.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build and equip a suitable nursery school


    » Complete building work begun in April 2010 - now done
    » Equip and furnish the school - now done - see African Oyster Trust website for photos and further details.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...all work completed on time and within budget


    Aim 2

    To open the school to 100 children aged 3-7 in September 2010
    Now done


    » Finalise teacher recuitment and training. 3 Teachers have been recruited. One is an ECD graduate already. The other 2 are attending college now.
    » Complete playground equipped. More is planned for the future as and when funds allow. In addition, there is a need to provide regular maintenance.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...enrollment of 100 children achieved


    Aim 3

    To provide exemplary nursery education in a safe, well equipped and well maintained environment.


    » Continued assessment and training of teaching staff. Regular monitoring of children's progress. Outside feedback from Dept of Education

    What success will look like

    Success will be...good reports from children, parents, Dept of Ed and outside assesors. Children progressing smoothly 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 area where demand far exceeds supply.


    We are well accustomed to dealing with the usual challenges of working in a third world environment. This will be the fourth nursery school we have built in The Gambia so we have learned through experience how best to go about it.


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

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 building work completion of compound walls, toilets etc
      £1,000 toys playground equipment, toys, books etc.
      £1,000 consumables chalk, paper, pencils etc.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    African Oyster Funds £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Talinding is within Serrekunda, the most populous area of urban Gambia within the Kombo Region.


    Very heavily populated area with an average family income of under £1 per day. Families tend to be large and the area is crowded with young children virtually wandering the streets unattended. 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 already have four nursery schools in The Gambia, one nearby.
    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.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lady Kira Dalton

    Director of African Oyster Trust Resident in The Gambia half the year Completed first school project 12 years ago (still running) Good local team


buys all consumables for a year.