Hello! My name is Lamin Koopmans. I am a proud citizen of The Gambia, and I am a teacher at a lower basic lower school. I will be telling you about the education system in The Gambia.
Education in The Gambia is free and mandatory, for 9 years when you turn 7 and until you are 16.
The school system includes 6 free years of basic school and 6 years of highschool, but the number of children attending school is very low, because many families sadly don’t have the funds to cover the cost for their children’s school equipment which includes: school uniforms, books and food. This means that only 50% of people in The Gambia can read and write.
The educational system also lack schools around the country, and there are not enough teachers able to teach the students. Only 61% of children in the mandatory school age doesn’t attend school and can therefore not get a good education to one day maybe get out of poverty, which 45% of the population in The Gambia live in.
Fortunately, we are receiving humanitarian help from UNICEF, Red Cross and other NGO’s that provide us with a lot desperately needed supplies to give our children the education they need. They are in close contact with the government, and helps funding the school with different projects. Many people from the Western countries are also donating money and school supplies. We are very grateful for this, and cannot thank you enough.
I’m just kind of a social worker, as I help both the needy children in school and families within the community of Tanji. I participate in all forms of projects here ranging from; well construction, borehole constructions, helping the needy and less privileged families amongst others.
I thank you sincerely for taking your time to read about The Gambia’s education system.