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Our Partnership with Kwinella Basic School in The Gambia

Kwinella school is about 3 hours drive from the capital Banjul and airport, along a made up road that suddenly becomes a dusty red track for the last 30 minutes.

Kwinella school has approx 240 children in 8 classes.  The children sit at desks and have to bring their own pencil and exercise book to write in.  Not all the children can afford these.  Some children arrive after a long walk from their village.  School is not compulsory but to encourage attendance children are provided with a meal at lunchtime, this usually consists of rice with a few vegetables.  Six to eight children sit on the floor around a large metal dish and eat the rice with their right hand.

The children learn about Maths, English, Social & Cultural studies, Arabic & PE.  They children are passionate about playing football and many support teams such as Manchester United & Chelsea.

Reflections on Kwinella School Visit - Mrs Thorneywork and Miss Bond (January 2015)

In January, I was fortunate to return to The Gambia with Miss Bond, a teacher at Sydenham Primary School. We left Manchester in the early hours and arrived at Banjul Airport 6 hours later. There, we were met by Mr Jarju, head teacher at Kwinella, and we stayed near the coast on the first night.

Next morning Mr Jarju arrived and we visited the crocodiles at Brikama, as you can see I was brave enough to touch one. That afternoon we drove inland until we arrived at Kwinella School. As it was late afternoon the children had already gone home for the day.  On Friday we spent time in the classes sharing some popular songs and rhymes with Reception children.

The children were interested in letters I had taken written by our Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils. I watched children playing football, which they really enjoyed, and taking part in Inter Schools Sports, in bare feet! We attended a teachers meeting from local schools and shared some of our learning ideas.

It was lovely to see Mr Jarju’s family again and we were made most welcome by everybody.