January 2021 marks the 6th anniversary of the school opening its doors to its very first students.Testimonial from a parent whose daughter just left to go to primary School:
“I have the most joyous moment to forward you the spectacular performance by my daughter Kumba Jarju, who got her foundations from your school AFRIKAYA. Thank you and Geoff for initiating this noble foundation in my community. Your efforts are recognize by all. Thank you once again”. [Saikouba Jarju, local National Assembly Member]
The Afrikaya Nursery School serves a maximum of 160 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 6+ years, each child is able to move on to a primary school, many of which are State run. Many stay at nursery school for an extra year to improve their English.
Head of Teaching, Baboucarr Mboob, is qualified and has 7 years qualified experience in Early Childhood Development. He manages a team of 3 teachers, a teaching assistant, and a student teacher on internship.
All of the teachers are qualified. The student teacher is studying for her Early Childhood Development Certificate, at Gambia College in Brikama.
- Sunkary Manneh Qualified Teacher with 7 year’s experience: Teacher: Nursery 3
- Baboucarr MBoob Qualified and 7 years experience: Teacher Nursery 4
- Sirah Camara Newly qualified teacher, Nursery 2
- Mamu Njie Newly qualified teacher, pre-nursery class
- Modoulamin Kinteh Teaching Assistant, Nursery 1
- Fatou Saidybah Student teaching assistant
- Isatou Keita Nanny/cleaner
- Fatoumatta Saidykhan Nurse
- Ndey Sanneh Cook
- Nyimanding Sanyang Cook
- Mas Keita Security
- Tiger the dog Security
- Sarjo Ceesay Security
- Binta Dahaba 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. 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.