Wisdom Nursery School
Wisdom Nursery School was established in 2009 to provide an education for poorer children in the Serrekunda area. Squeezed into a small triangular plot in between high-rise residential buildings it caters for 88 children in 3 classes. Classrooms are vey small with very little furniture and are in need of urgent refurbishment. There is no running water so that water, which the school must pay for, has to be carried from a neighbouring compound.
Children attending the school are asked to pay fees and supply their own uniform and books, however only about half of the families can afford to do so and the school therefore has very limited funding.
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 As a result many children are withdrawn from school, and to earn money to provide food for the family, have to engage in street trading thus exposing them to risks including sexual abuse, child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 starting to refurbish the school on future visits.
For more information about the feeding programme please visit the Projects section of the website.