The School

The Afrikaya Nursery School serves a maximum of 136 children from the age of 3 to the age of 7 years. They are split into 5 classes, with the class of youngest children having the lowest child to teacher ratio.

At the age of 7 years, each child is able to move on to a primary school, many of which are State run.

Head Teacher, Ismaila Sama, is qualified and very experienced in Early Childhood Development. He manages a team of 3 teachers and 1 teaching assistant.

All of the teachers have either qualified, or are currently studying for their Early Childhood Development Certificate, at Gambia College in Brikama.

Teaching Staff:

  • Elyana Gomez          Student teacher year 1: Teaching Assistant: Daycare
  • Margaret Gomez      Qualified Teacher: Teacher: Nursery 1
  • Ismaila Sama​​​            Qualified and Experienced Teacher: Teacher Nursery 2 (Head Teacher)
  • Noella Bassen           Student Teacher final year: Teacher Nursery 3
  • Baboucarr MBoob     Qualified and 7 years experience: Teacher Nursery 4

Ground Staff:

  • Tuti​​​​ Jarju                   Nanny​​
  • Olly Lucarr                Nurse
  • Sally​​​​ Sanneh             Cook
  • Isatou Njie                 Assistant Cook
  • Mas​​​​ Keita                  Security
  • Tiger the dog​​​            Security
  • Momodou Jawla        Security
  • Tanu Jallow               Book keeper

The Afrikaya Nursery School is accessible to all, regardless of gender, ethnicity, tribe, religion, disability or family income. Many families struggle to pay school fees and these are encouraged to apply for sponsorship. Go to Sponsor a Child.

The school has no religious bias. The majority of the community are Sunni Muslim. Three of the teachers are Christian. Islam in the Gambia is characterized by its coexistence with other religions. Whenever celebrations take place at the school, the local Imams and Marabouts lead the community in prayers. Both Islamic and Christian festivals are adhered to.