Educational projects

Picture: Mrs. Bucket´s Afrikaners Nursery School in Gambia
Picture: Mrs. Bucket´s Afrikaners Nursery School in Gambia

Education in the Gambia

Education is an essential right, which permits each person to receive an education and to blossom mentally and socially. The right for an education is vital for the economic, social and cultural development of all societies. 

It is our responsibility to guarantee each child the right for an education. In the Gambia we must focus our efforts on making schools accessible and free for all children and thus enable them to be educated.

In the Gambia, the formal education consists of six years in primary school and three years in secondary school. Normally, this basic education is started in the age of seven and finished in the age of 16. After secondary school pupils are able to continue their studies in Senior Secondary Schools or other Vocational training provisions. Overall Gross Enrollment Rate (GRE) has improved a lot in past years and between 2008 and 2012 the 80,5 per cent of children were enrolled to primary school. Even if the presence seems quite high, there are large regional differences. The children living in the poor countryside have much smaller change to go to school than children living in urban centers.  (Unicef, 2013.)

Different Gift is helping children to have access for an education.

Our current campaigns:

Facebook:

The founders of Different Gift sponsor one child to school from every 1,000 likes to Facebook page. The first girl was sponsored 2014, in the Mrs. Bucket Afrikanarias  Nursery School in Latrikunda, the Gambia. By sharing the Facebook page in social networks everyone can help to increase the amount of likes and therefore new children can start studying. 

The program supports children that need help the most. We aim to help children that have lost their parents, come from very poor family or otherwise have no hope to join a school.

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Also we want to be able to offer a school meal to the pupils of a school. The healthy meal gives children energy to study and play and for some it might be the only healthy meal of the day. You can help us through donation on this page. 

"Sponsor education for a child":

You can now sponsor education for a child:

- Education (full year): €60.00

- Education (term): €20.00

- Backpack and school supplies: €10.00

The Girl Child

Throughout the history of education in the Gambia, boys and girls have had unequal access to education. Both enrollment and retention have persistently and consistently shown inequalities in favor of boys. Over the past decade, a number of milestones have been registered in closing the gender-gaps in enrollment and retention. These interventions were born out of the realization and recognition of the contribution of the Department of State for Education, to national development and education or a basic human right.

Despite all these, however, gender gaps still persist. However, the gap in enrollment between boys and girls in the Lower basic and Upper basic cycles is closing rapidly. Past trends have showed that enrollment of girls is low at all levels. Studies have shown that poverty was the main reason for low participation and completion rates. Suffice it to say, then, socio-cultural belief and practices of many Gambian families, especially in the rural areas have placed little or no emphasis on girls’ education. Other factors associated with the reluctance to send girls to school include: the fear of pregnancy and the opportunity cost of schooling. The school environment has not been conducive to the education of the girl child. This trend can be attributed to the insensitivity in curriculum and teaching/learning materials. Toilets facilities were not separated and the apparent stereotyping and biases in teaching methods.

(source: http://www.statehouse.gm/kids/girlchild/)

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