Charity no 1139982
Education as a way out of poverty



First Container

     Bansang schools have recently benefited from receiving their first container. This was brought about by the efforts of Maldon Saints, Maersk, Koru International, Gt Totham and The Plume Schools and BEA thanks them for their help. On a cold Saturday morning in December people from all groups involved assembled at The Plume School to help with loading the container. Weeks of work had gone into making appeals to the public, collecting items including computers, books and science materials, boxing them up and making an inventory for customs.

      In a two anthe_team.jpgd half hour slot 400 boxes, bags, computers and sundries were loaded into the 20 foot container which then made its way to Felixstowe and from there to Banjul port where it arrived on 8th January.

Our hardworking container loading team            

Kijera_and_Jobe_in_Banjul_port.jpg    The  Ministry of Education in the Gambia helped in clearing the container and its contents were soon on the way to Bansang under the watchful eye of Principal Ceesay and his staff. On arrival the boxes were sorted and stored until the visitors from Maldon arrived in early February.

Mr Kijera (accountant) and Mr Jobe (vice principal)

boxes.jpg     A handover ceremony took place at BSSS on the 1st February for the contents of the container. As well as all the students and teachers of the school, board members, village and town chiefs and parents were present for this occasion. Those of us visiting were overwhelmed by the welcome and kind words we received in return and felt privileged to be the representatives there. The school was grateful to receive computers, books and science equipment which will greatly enhance lessons in the school. As donated items were sorted, they were catalogued and distributed both within the school and other local schools as appropriate.

      Following on from this handover ceremony we proceeded to Mabali Kuta School with the donated items from Gt
Totham school. We were welcomed in the same manner here and spent several hours meeting At_MK_handover.jpgteachers, parents and children as well as taking part in the handover ceremony. This school is situated in a typical impoverished village and both it and local families really lack resources. The whole community was in the school to say thankyou as Keith showed the school some of the items Gt Totham had collected.
Keith Bannister with Ousainou Mboob (acting principal) and students

       After a hectic day coaching football, then playing against the BSSS teachers, the items donated through Maldon Saints were gathered together. A short ceremony was held and again the local village and town chiefs werefootball_handover.jpg present to witness the occasion. Football is very popular in the Gambia and the PE department was very happy to receive footballs, boots, shirts and equipment. Along with the main container items these will also be distributed as appropriate around local schools.

School teachers and the Maldon Saints coaches     

      Following the success of this container BEA continues to raise money to send containers to Bansang, carrying resources that are difficult to source in Gambia and that will  help the development of education in Bansang.