Welcome to the Gambian Schools Trust
Registered Charity no. 1093083

The Gambian Schools Trust is a small educational charity run by 6 unpaid Trustees, who donate their time, energy and administration costs freely. All trips to the Gambia are funded entirely by the individual visiting for any reason. This means that every penny raised or donated goes directly to the school or project it is intended for.


Through the generosity of its supporters, the Trust has been able to build, equip and maintain 5 nursery schools, (3 with school gardens), provide 6 libraries within the State school system (either as new build or conversion of an existing building), to collect ship and distribute 10- 40ft containers filled with school materials, furniture and resources and to build 2 new village wells, convert 4 open wells into sealed hand pump wells and to facilitate projects involving British businesses and universities. Links have been established between many schools in the UK and Gambia.


The Trust works in partnership with the Gambian Ministry of Education under a Memorandum of Understanding. The benefits of this to the Trust include an import duty waiver on education materials, access to Ministry vehicles for major deliveries, an insight into future educational plans and ambitions, and the avoidance of duplication of effort with other Charities.


A spokesman for the Gambian Government, Honourable Ousman Bah, recently expressed his thanks to the Trust on behalf of the Government of the Gambia and the communities that have benefited from the schools and libraries built and the materials and equipment provided. The Government have realised the benefit of early school development and are linking nurseries to the Lower Basic schools. It has been noted that children who have been to nursery school do much better that those that haven't when they move up. Ousman went on to say that the Government was committed to support the Gambian Schools Trust and Nursery Education and will provide and pay for teachers to staff any schools built by the charity. This will greatly assist our efforts by reducing ongoing staffing costs.

With an eye for the future, we have been successful in assisting a UK solar power company to set up a solar generation facility at Sinchu Njabo which is now in use and provides power for computers and mobile phones


The next ten years promise even greater changes, 60% of the population is now under 16 and we can be certain that the Trust's activities will be essential to support the Government and community efforts for years to come.


Catch up with the Gambian Schools Trust in our 2105 Newsletter



Maggie’s Well



In 2015 The Gambian Schools Trust will be building a well in a village in The Gambia currently without a supply and dedicate it to the memory of Maggie Boyle.

We aim to raise £5,000 to cover the full costs of a sealed hand pump well in a village where a desperately needed water supply is required.

Maggie Boyle was greatly loved and cared for by countless people in her extended family, of the folk community and beyond.  She passed away on 6th November 2014 and we are certain that many will wish to contribute to Maggie's Well, to be built in her memory, in a village in The Gambia.



Help this make this project happen by visiting Maggie’s Well at JustGiving.com



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Download the latest newsletter Newsletter 2014 (1).pdf or visit the newsletter archive page to download more pdf or plain text newsletters.

You can also see photos of our projects by visiting our Picasa Web Albums.    


If you want to support or work you can donate online here   




New schools at Loumen, Jamwelly, and Naata are a big success please visit our project pages hereprojects.htmlshapeimage_5_link_0


                    
           


This year we are collecting used pens, hi-lite pens, marker pens all felt tips and empty tippex bottles.  Please forward them to the charity for recycling.





 

The Gambian Schools Trust

The Gambian Schools Trust is a small educational charity supported entirely by donations, fundraising activities and unpaid volunteers.
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