9th February 2018
The Education Department in The Gambia (MoBSE)
are represented on the ground by their school inspectors (known
as Cluster Monitors) and over the many years helping at
Sunrise, GETS has
had the support of Mr Jarjou as our Cluster Monitor. He attended
meetings with the community and monitored our performance as
well as answering questions on a regular basis to make sure that
we got things right, as often as possible. Mr Jarjou has moved
on to another area within MoBSE now and our new Cluster Monitor,
Mr Malleh Saabali, came to see us on Monday, pictured posing
with Mr Cham (Education Director).
We were pleased to see
two more of our supporters visiting on Wednesday, Angela Gourlay
and Dean, who help us by sponsoring a class. They brought a
variety of resources including; skipping ropes, pencils, crayons
and games. They were photographed in the office with Mrs Cham
from LB4 and Mr Cham (No relation!).
have had our regular visit from Chris and Steve Humphries who
help us in so many ways, each week of their stay. They also
Selina Henson along too.
Selina is seen posing with mum Chris and
Selina seemed to
have no problem fitting in with the children, particularly in
Nursery, pictured here joining them at break for breakfast.
joining Nursery 3 in the classroom!
but by no means least, we're delighted to welcome back Ruth
McMeechan. Ruth has joined us again for an extended period,
helping teachers and assistants out and sharing her teachings
skills, acquired over a lifetime of working in education within
2nd February 2018
We were pleased to have more visitors this
week. Judy and Giles Pepler, whose Sponsor a Class donations
help us keep Sunrise running, came to see how everything was
going. It was lovely to see them, shown here with Mr Cham.
Later in the week
Helen captured a photo of Mrs Cham with her notification of
passing her Primary Teaching Certificate (attestation) which the
charity had sponsored for her at Gambia Teacher Training
College. This adds to her previously sponsored ECD qualification
a few years ago. Once again, we all congratulate Mrs Cham on her
success after all her hard work. Each teacher that we've sent to
Gambia College costs GETS more than £600 so we're really
grateful that our generous supporters have allowed us to
continue to help educate the staff at Sunrise too. We continue
to need more funds to help in this important area.
Chris Humphries has
been busy with a crochet hook again! This time it was a purse
for each child in Nursery 1. Chris' husband Steve Humphries was
there at the vital moment to capture it for us. The children
were being taught how to use a purse to keep money safe. It is
great to see Steve transfer his general handyman and painter
skills to photographer to help us with more pics for the blog.
This week the students
in Skills Training have been making spicy chicken noodles in
Cookery. The picture shows the students demonstrating the
service of this, as perhaps in a tourist restaurant.
It is easy to forget
that many people in The Gambia have never eaten in a restaurant
or eaten from an individual plate with a knife and fork. Here,
it is quite normal to eat from a common plate using just the
right hand and noodles would certainly be unusual too.
Bah, our Maths and English teacher, is seen above enjoying a
sample of the food. This is a normal treat for staff!
26th January 2018
The students in Skills Training have been
learning about the possibilities of decorating Flip-Flops. These
ubiquitous shoes were being wrapped in coloured wools. I'm not
sure how long they would last or how comfortable they were to
wear but they seemed to enjoy the challenge. It's interesting to
note that many students and pupils are wearing extra clothes
(over their uniforms) in the mornings during the cold (sub 20
deg) winter mornings!
Our friend, Buba
Jallow still comes 2 days a week to keep our aging sewing
machines running. This example seems to be a Chinese copy of the
original UK made Singer sewing machine that many people
seamstresses know so well. The students adjustments when they
feel things aren't perfect often put more problems IN to the
machines and Buba has to sort them OUT again!
girls chose to read in our library rather than go out to play
during their break.
It's great to see the
youngsters growing in confidence and enjoying school. Here
Nursery 2 pupils are lining up to leave Assembly for their class
The day this picture
was taken, Nursery 2 were singing and dancing in class with
their teacher Sally Ceesay and clearly enjoying it!
We encourage teachers
to reward good performance in various ways. This pictures shows
the pencil cases ready to go on Thursdays each week to the boy
and girl in nursery 2 and 3 who are trying the hardest. The
pencil cases are filled with colouring pencils, paper, sweets
and a balloon. They have been made, put together and given
by Chris Humphries, who helps in our school as a volunteer on
her regular visits to Sunrise.
19th January 2018
We continue to have visitors come to see
us in Sunrise which is great. On Monday it was Dave & Mary
Robinson, who have been supporters of GETS for a number of
years. They were making their annual visit to see us and catch
up on the children that they support, Cecelia Mendy & Isa Bah.
These children are at other schools in the local area. Alieu,
the children's father visited with Dave and Mary.
It's nice to see the
older Lower Basic children using the garden again, after the
Sunrise family of termites eat everything in sight last year. We
hope that spraying will have reduced the population of these
pest and the garden will thrive once again.
We had some tiles
lifting Mrs Cham's Lower Basic 4 class over the Christmas
holidays. This is a little mysterious and we hope that is just
due to expansion of different materials within the school,
rather than a sign of something more drastic. New tiles have
been applied and we will watch what happens next with some
We congratulate Mrs
Cham on successfully completing her Primary Teachers Certificate
at Gambia Teacher Training College. Although her course
completed last year, the formally recognition of her
qualification has just reached the Sunrise Office. Well done!
On Thursday, Jim and
Liz Coyle (pictured with Helen) visited Sunrise on Thursday 18th
January. They sponsor a student at a Lower Basic school on the
way to Brikama (in Busambala), called Joanna Sowe. They brought
with them a large cash gift donation, for which we are really
grateful. We have spent a lot of cash maintaining the school in
the last few weeks and this money will help with some of those
currently have 11 youngsters who all need a helping hand in our
school at the Sunrise Centre. We have checked on their
backgrounds and find they will have to leave school without your
help. Here are photos of just a few of them. GETS tries to
support education because it is the best way to help individuals
and their families find their way out of poverty.
The cost of helping an individual is just £10 a month. You will
get regular updates on progress and can always see them if you
More about sponsoring -
12th January 2018
Back to school this week after the
Christmas break. During that time the school has been free for
our painters to come in and refresh the paint on many of the
outside walls, Skills Training and Lower Basic classrooms were
painted on this occasion.
They also painted our
sports floor, between the Bantaba and and Skills Training
We also entertained a
big group of regular visitors. Pictured here (from left to
right) are Joyce Derry, Jane Derry, Christopher Hill and Tracy
Hill with our Education Director, Mr Cham.
Christopher Hill and
his mum Tracy, sponsor Sohna Jallow in LB1 and Jane Derry
sponsors Baboucarr Ceesay in Nursery 2 at Sunrise. We are also
delighted that Christopher is going to help us by feeding
information about GETS and all that we do, onto Facebook. We
hope this will get us more friends and supporters.
Some things tend to be
supersized in The Gambia, due to a super climate. The papaya
that Helen bought locally is no exception. This beast of a fruit
must represent several of her 5 a day and should last many days