Madiana School

In 2014 Project Gambia began supporting a school located in a very poor village called Madiana. With nearly 900 students and only 8 classrooms, some of the students attend in the morning and some in the afternoon. The school had very few resources and classes had up to 60 students in them. Over several years Project Gambia refurbished classrooms and shipped out desks and chairs and resources donated by UK schools. When we visit it is fantastic to see the tables and chairs in the classrooms making such a difference to the education of the children here.

On one of our visits we were saddened to see that the nursery children were being taught in a classroom that consisted of corrugated sheet walls and a roof made of branches. Fifty children were being taught in a very small space with no tables or chairs and small pieces of wood to write on. In 2018, we launched the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign. Our aim was to raise enough money to build two new classrooms. In February 2020 the classroom blocks were completed and being used by Grade 3 and Grade 5 children.