We have details of the schools we currently support here.

We also explain how we work with schools.  Its like our business model and is based on our experience and how to ensure that we deliver the most value for the funds we raise.

Our future model for school development will be very simple and breaks down into 4 distinct areas :

Design

In collaboration with the Department of Education in The Gambia we can benefit from using existing plans for schools built to a standard you would expect to find in the UK. This will save us significant amounts of money on architects fees and valuable time in the design stage when funding is available. For a given number of pupils we will know how many classrooms are needed, what ancilliary facilities (toilets, kitchen, staff room etc) are required and this and the outside space required tells us the minimum size of site required

Build

We aim to form ‘partnerships’ with local communities who will donate the land to the charity for us to build a school upon. We will build with approved competent local building contractors who are delivering similar projects for the Gambian government. This will not only ensure us longevity and best value for money but will reduce life cycle costs and provide valuable local employment.

Operate

We will own and operate the schools on behalf of the communities that we build them in. We will provide funding for teachers salaries, educational materials, health care, mosquito nets, school meals and all items associated with the smooth efficient running of a nursery school. This will also fall in line with our objective of providing free education to nursery aged children in The Gambia. This will also be an ideal stage to introduce school matching which will pair a UK based school with its Gambian counterpart, this fulfills another of our beliefs which is children helping children

Maintain

We will keep the schools maintained to a very high standard and in some instances we will extend them as the local demand for school places grows. Each school will be looked after by a premises manager, as we would here in the UK, who’s job it is to ensure that planned and reactive maintenance is carried out to maintain the schools.