Omega Nursery School
Omega Nursery School is a small nursery school established in 2015 to give poorer children in the Serrekunda area an opportunity to attend school. There are 115 children in the school which has 3 classes: Nursery 1, Nursery 2 and Nursery 3. Children pay fees to attend the school, for uniform, and for equipment and stationery, many of them are unable to pay. This means that the school has very few resources and is in need of new tables and chairs.
The school is currently situated in rented premises and has been given notice to quit by the landlord, so new classrooms are being built on a nearby plot of land. Following their visit in February 2020 The Royal School Wolverhampton have donated nearly £2000 to complete the building. We are also looking for sponsors to fund the building of a toilet block which will cost approx. £1300. Both the classroom block and toilets will need to be completed before the children can move into the school. If you would like to donate to this project you can do so by clicking on the Charities Aid Foundation tab on the home page of this website.
The school serves a very poor community so many of the children arrive at school hungry because their families do not have enough income to provide even the barest minimum of food. As a result many children are withdrawn from school, and to earn money to provide food for the family, have to engage in street trading thus exposing them to risks including sexual abuse, child trafficking, teenage pregnancies, and child labour.
Until July 2019 the school was one of a number (Wisdom Nursery School St Peter’s Nursery School and Omega Nursery School) being supported by the Gambian charity Grace Foundation to keep these children off the streets through a feeding programme. That programme gave children a daily nutritious meal, ensured their attendance at school, and safeguarded them from the risks of being on the streets. However due to unforeseen circumstances Grace Foundation were no longer able to fund the programme and many children were therefore at risk again.
Project Gambia was approached by Grace Foundation to see if we could help so we first visited the school in November 2019 and then again in February 2020. During this visit a team of adult volunteers and students from The Royal School Wolverhampton engaged the children in a range of activities and games with the children.
We have agreed that Project Gambia will support the feeding programme which will be restarted when the school reopens after Covid-19. We will also be painting the new school on future visits.
For more information about the feeding programme please visit the Projects section of the website.