Makumbaya Lower Basic
The Makumbaya Project came about as the result of a group of individuals targeting a school which, because of its geographical location, had found it difficult to develop sustainable links with partners in the United Kingdom.
Makumbaya School has approximately 640 pupils aged 7-14 years old. There are 8 teachers. Each class has from 45 to 60 children. There is no electricity. There is one water pump and one tap for the entire school.
Many of the families in the village can afford to send their children to school. Many cannot. Six local villages also use the school. Some of the children have to walk up to 5km to get to school each day.
Regardless of the difficulties they face, the children DO want to attend school because they understand the importance of getting a good education.
“Some of the children have to walk up to 5km to get to school each day.”
In 2011, members of BFiG consulted with Head Teacher Lamin Sanyang to decide how they could best support the school.
It was decided that a partially completed building would be finished and turned into a library for the Makumbaya students. Fund raising would also take place to resource the library.
Newman University Birmingham and Kitwell Primary School have both played a major part in completing the library at Makumbaya Lower Basic School.
Newman University arranged the initial visit which was the first Gambia experience for staff at Kitwell Primary School. Newman students also provided much needed funding to support the project.
Quinton C. of E. School in Birmingham also kindly donated £500 to purchase books for the library.
Working together, students in England can help schools in the Gambia provide an essential education for Gambian children.
“Working together, students in England can help schools in the Gambia provide an essential education for Gambian children.”