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The photo below shows the latest progress in the building of the Essau Lower Basic School Unit, a project that Intouch Global Foundation have funded with the support of The Gambian Deaf Children Support Project (GDCSP). The Unit will host children from the local area and is the second to be funded by ITG after the establishment of a special class at St Joseph’s primary school in Basse in 2012.
Both units have been built to facilitate the education of deaf and partially hearing students who, due to a lack of facilities and adequately trained staff in most mainstream government schools, are at a disadvantage when it comes to their education. Those who complete their Lower and Upper Basic Cycle education will have the chance to further their studies at St John’s School for The Deaf, ensuring that they have had the same opportunity to learn and benefit from attending school.
In 2017, Switched On-Gambia teamed up with Book Aid International to donate brand new books to support schools in the Central River Region of The Gambia. The aim of the collaboration is to enhance the use of Switched On-Gambia’s initiative of providing solar lights and creating effective reading opportunities, particularly through evening classes and book clubs, when solar lights and books come together to improve learning.
Book Aid are the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity and since forming their initial partnership with Switched On-Gambia, have gone on to expand their support for more public and community libraries across The Gambia.
One of these beneficiaries, St. Therese’s Basic Upper School, welcomed a visit from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall in November. During her visit to West Africa as part of a Commonwealth tour, the Duchess opened the school’s library, which has been filled with over 3,000 brand new widely-ranging books chosen specifically to help the school’s pupils discover a love of reading and to support their studies.
Click here to read an interview with the school’s Principal, Mrs Jammeh, to learn about the impact these books have made on the pupils.
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