Our second big project was at Basori Nursery in 2008. We found a school with an excellent building consisting of three classrooms, an office and large store.
We started off by paying salaries to the three unqualified staff, already trying to run to school and employed a Head teacher to manage the school and support the teaching staff.
We paid for the Head Teacher to attend the Gambia College to study Early Childhood Care and Development and the nursery joined the regional Nursery Association which enabled all staff to undertake training days and workshops. All the children were offered free education and a free uniform to try and encourage parents to send their children to school.
We provided the school with stationery items and resources to enable the staff to offer quality education. Over time we provided the nursery with a toilet block and also constructed a wall around the school to make it a safer place for the children to learn.
The success of the nursery attracted further funding for a well and water pump on the school premises. This has given fresh water for the children at the school, as well as the local clinic and surrounding homes. We have left the school in a much better position.The children are enjoying their lessons and the three members of staff are more confident of their ability to run the school.