“Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela

Educational service

The work at the Sunu Buga Buga Growing in The Gambia is mainly focused on providing a quality education for children who for various reasons lack the resources to attend school in the vicinity.  Since our opening, the Sunu Buga Buga has been providing education in values and knowledge.

What began as ABC workshops paved the way for the school. Starting in classrooms made of sticks and palm leaves, the Sunu Buga Buga School is now a kindergarten and primary cycle school, with a solid building, properly organized, officially recognized and well valued by the Gambian Ministry of Education.

Being in the heart of the community, the land where the school has been built was purchased in 2014, construction began two years later and it was completed in the first half of 2017.

The school currently has 165 pupils in infant and primary education. In addition, this academic year 2021/22 Sunu Buga Buga is helping financially by sponsoring 36 students, thereby allowing them to continue their secondary studies at another school.

When we started, a group of older children asked me to teach them to read and write. Gambia is a country where the official language is English but if you don’t go to school, you don’t learn it.
Verónica Hormaechea
Sunu Buga Buga
Children who have never been to school before now have the opportunity to go. If you want to go to another school you have to pay every term. If you can’t afford it, you can’t go.
Ebou Nyang
Sunu Buga BUga

Playroom

In the afternoons, the educational work is extended to all the children in the community, i.e. those who attend other schools in the mornings are also part of Sunu Buga Buga.

The centre offers a playroom service, where children from the community come to play, to paint and to read and where workshops are held to supplement their education, such as dance, karate, sewing, handicrafts, theatre...

There are more than 300 children here. Due to the large number of children and our rather basic infrastructure, we divide the groups into older children (from 8 to 14 years old), who come to the centre on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the youngest group (from 2-3 years old to 8 years old), who come on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On Saturday afternoons we have cinema for all ages. If the electricity doesn’t let us down we show two films.

I couldn’t afford to send my children to school. When we arrived in this community, I was able to enrol them in Sunu Buga Buga.
Ida Nyang
Community neighbour
I usually come to help Verónica with the younger children to teach them how to read. If she says something in English which they don’t understand, I translate it into Wolof.
Mariama Jallow
Assistant
The children are keen to learn. They couldn’t go to school but here they are doing really well.
Alagie Musa Jammeh
English teacher
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