Education in the Gambia

…. is the key opportunity that alleviate poverty

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An educational assistance program is set up to support and  promote the  education,  social  welfare  and  development  of  the  poor,  needy  orphans, disadvantaged  and  vulnerable in The Gambia that want to stay in school. We change children’s lives in the communities by taking care of their educational expenses and provide tuition fees or scholarship to dependent children. If certain requirements are satisfied, the amount paid, to the schools’ toward tuition by the children and also provides educational materials for children, such as uniforms, stationery, school bags and shoes each year etc.

MCO established  an educational assistance program (such as scholarship) for strategic reasons that provide sponsorship up to university level. With these it will alleviate poverty and dependency rate in The Gambia.

Educational benefit plans require a future talent and sustained effort to establish and maintain students’ scholarship programs. These are provided with expertise guidance from MCO and consultants as appropriate at every stage of the sponsored child’s progress.

Educational program coordinators are integral to educational assistance programs because they:

•             Advocate for the establishment of such programs to achieve strategic objectives.

•             Assist in setting up the programs.

•             Design and implement effective communication plans.

•             Enlist the help of experts in the field as needed.

•             Engage in ongoing management of educational assistance programs.

•             Monitor program effectiveness.

•             Monitor relevant changes in the constitution and the environment.

•             Make recommendations for and implement program improvements.

Despite the fact that the World Bank is subsidizing school fees in  Gambia public schools, education is generally not free. The student still has to provide uniforms, books and other school needs. Therefore, while their programme has tremendously increased school enrollment, yet still the poor cannot afford school. The higher a student advances in his education, so do the costs increase. This has led to high level in students dropping out in the senior secondary school (Grade 10, 11, and 12). A village girl who cannot continue in school after grade 9, may become a member of the family’s work force, she may even be forced into early marriage. 85% of early marriages are arranged by the parents. So for a man to marry a 15 year old girl is very common.