November is the start of the tourists coming
along to The Gambia and we were pleased to welcome the first
couple to visit and support the Sunrise Centre. Andreas Hotzel
and partner Katrin brought a large number of resources to
replenish our stocks.
They also toured the school, posing for pictures
in Nursery 3.
It's always good to see teachers taking the
children outside to gain more space or for safety reasons, as Mr
Bakary Saidy is doing here to show the effects of evaporation
using a local stove (charcoal based).
Our Cluster Monitor, Antouman Nying, has
been promoted to the Education Regional Headquarters and he came
to school to introduce our new Cluster Monitor, Bully
One of our Caretakers, Foday, has been helping to
dig out old tyres before
replacement. These allow our see-saws to bounce
safely in the playground.
Our LB6 teacher, Omar Gaye, has been helping to
stop children damaging our plants by re-installing new plain
wire to prevent children running through the flower beds at
Our students in Skills 3 are completing their
course soon and will be going
into the workplace to get experience. Here they
are pictured making snacks in the Cookery area.
In Skills the students are campaigning to stand
as Head Girl and votes will be cast. Tida Bojang is explaining
to the other students just what she would do if she won the
Fatou Sama has brought her class into the hall
for a competition to improve
Skills Year 1 students are working on their Tie
and Dye practicals (note the
cauldron heated by a wood fire). You can see them
posing with the finished cloth.
Our LB6 teacher, Omar Gaye, has a lot of metal
working and welding experience too. He's here helping to replace
damaged razor wire in the
corner of the Sunrise Centre, preventing any
Office Manager, Sulayman Saidy, who takes most of
our blog pictures,
captured both Caretakers (Burama Sanneh left and
Foday Jarju) in a photo
together. They aren't often in school at the same
We've bought all the cloth to be issued to
parents to make school uniforms from a supplier in Banjul, near
the port. This is how the rolls arrive at
Lower Basic 1 children (aged around 7) have been
working on running a shop in their classroom. This gives them a
good grasp of the real world and they seem to love it!
This is the last of the blog entries for after
more than 13 years GETS is withdrawing from operating and
supporting the Sunrise Centre.
The Centre is now transfering back to being run
by the Community of Bakoteh, directed by the Ward
Term started in late September with the usual
round of maintaining broken things, including sewing machines.
We continue to get good support from expert technician, Musa
We have new students and pupils in Skills
Training and Nursery 1 classes.
They are all beginning their new studies
including handicrafts, tailoring and cookery for the new skills
1 class .
We’ve had new school
councillors, nominated for Lower Basic. The 3 girls in this
group have had pleated skirts and
the boys long trousers, added to their standard uniform
to indicate their status.
We’ve also had the usual Mufti (no
school uniform) Day. Students and pupils dress up in spectacular
clothing, often based on their tribal backgrounds. They compete
for the best dressed person in various sections.