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Project proposal on the construction of a Nursery school building


Sajuka Nursery School project


Financial support from the Foreningen Barraby skola of Sweden (through SIDA funding) made the construction of a three classroom block and students toilets possible in 1990. The Gambia government, agencies, The British High Commission in Banjul, the Barra Community has been supporting the Nursery school since its inception.

Annually, the Nursery school enrolls a minimum of 50 children and the school has been operating in strict accordance with the standards set by the Ministry of Education and through the continuous guidance of the Early Childhood education section of the Department of education. Professional and highly motivated teachers trained by the Ministry of Education teach the children while the school administration continues to explore income generating activities to ensure long term sustainability of the school.

The building has reached its expected life span. Already serious cracks and defects on the building are visible. The building been seriously affected by salt intrusion from the nearby Barra bolong and very little can be done to save it. If a new one is not constructed soon, the children will by 2005, not be able to use it and we may be forced to close the operation. This will be detrimental to the thousands of children that need to be provided with early childhood education.

The two year strategy (2007 to 2008) envisages the construction of a new school building, toilet and other facilities to replace the existing dilapidated building that currently houses stages 1 to 3.


The project will enroll 50 children (able or disabled) for nine months of each academic year as defined by the ministry of education. It targets mainly children who either do not go to school because of distance and access. The maximum number of years (Gambia Government education policy) will be three years i.e. grades 1 to 3.

The 50 nursery school children who graduate annually from the Sajuka Nursery school will also be absorbed into the primary school. It will be open to Gambians and non-Gambians alike.


SCDG aims to promote a safe housing to cater for the education of children aged 3 to 7 in line with the Gambia Government policy to promote child education in the Gambia.


From March April 2009 to August 2010, a three classroom block, toilets and other facilities will be built and which will be used as the new Nursery school building replace the dilapidated building.




A major problem facing The Gambia population and particularly the population of Barra, Essau, Berending and the surrounding villages is the lack of sufficient knowledge on the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).  The same can be said about educational and advocacy institutions in The Gambia who, despite The Gambia Government's strong pronouncement and legislation on the need to educate and protect the child, are constantly faced with the dilemma of departing from a culture of non recognition of the rights of the Gambian Child, the protection of the Gambian Child against abuses, forced labour and discrimination.

The situation is being exacerbated by the serious ignorance on the national legal instruments and international conventions requiring the education and protection of the child by the family and the community.  Institutions, even though aware, lack the necessary tools and IEC materials to disseminate the rights of the child, ensure that the child is well protected both in and outside the school system.  For example, both Essau and Berending high schools are quite willing to embark upon dissemination activities but do lack the support to do so.

Youths from the village either do not attend school or have to commute to far away places to benefit from any formal education.  Youths, mostly girls, are particularly vulnerable to prostitution, divorced parents, early and forced marriages due to socio economic problems and juvenile youth (mostly delinquent and working children who do not go to school) and drug and alcohol abuse resulting in the commission of crimes (stealing) and subsequent imprisonment.

The HIV/AIDS pandemic poses serious threats to the young population and continues to cause high morbidity and mortality rates in The Gambia.  UNAIDS estimated that many young people are living with HIV/AIDS, a prevalence of more than 1.7 percent.  Children continue to be orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  Young people are most at risk, with children becoming particularly vulnerable when forced from their homes.  Infection rates among pregnant women tested in The Gambia (including the villages of Barra, Essau, Mayamba, Mbollet Ba, Berending, Galoya, Njongon and Kanuma) 2002 ranged from 1.5 to 2 percent.  Presently, no preventive pre delivery treatment is available to HIV- infected mothers.


The three year strategy (2009 to 2012) seeks to address the needs of children in line with international conventions such as the conventions on the rights of the child calling for an end to all forms of discriminations against children.  The SCPS is striving to uplift the status of children and youths and accord them the opportunity to enter school and learn the skills which would guarantee better lives in the future.

In the three coming years, it is envisaged that Sajuka, with its experience, community outreach program and youth action group will be able to sensitise and provide minimal support to these and other institution and local youth and women's groups to promote the rights of the child.  The strategies will include:

.   In close collaboration with the Child protection alliance of which Sajuka is a registering member, addressing identified problems for children and youth through the introduction of the Convention of the Rights of the Child to institutions and groups, development appropriate training modules on the CRC, awareness raising in the community around the CRC, organisation of sporting activities;
.   Promote child rights and child protection through the mass media.  The principles and values of the Save the Children- Sweden, Sajuka Community Development Group and other relevant organisations.
.   Reinforce the Sajuka drama troop to support the Sajuka youth action through the organisation of professional training for the youth drama group and shoot a television clip for TV publicity.
.   In collaboration with the national bodies and the Red Cross, Sajuka will embark upon and scale up activities regarding HIV/AIDS in order to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among children and youths.
 Scale up the youth development activities.  The youth development scheme will provide education and literacy classes for young boys and girls, promoting cultural awareness, values and norms, skills training, exchange visits and creating small business and saving credit schemes especially for girls.  The latter will be in the form of income generating activities in sewing, tie/dye. Carpentry, Bee keeping, soap making, vegetable gardening, weaving, cookery, pomade making, handicraft, marketing and book keeping


                            Sajuka Child Right and Protection  2008
                              Plan of Action and Budget 2008
March Version
Street working children and youth, Children with learning difficulties, Child prostitution and pregnancy/HIV/AIDS
Coordination Quantity U/P Total
Develop Terms of reference and carry out a baseline survey on violence on children, child abuse and Drug abuse in readiness for intervention from 2009 to 2012 1 25,000 25,000
Organise annual planning sessions with Save the Children, Child Protection Alliance and ENDA Estimated  1 1,000 1,000
Support the drama group with food and transport for the troop performance 10 9,000 9,000
Organise exchange visit of 7 days, with members of the child protection alliance, ENDA and other youth organisations to exchange experiences  1 15,000 15,000
Establish workable framework agreements with Child protection Alliance, Save the Children and ENDA to facilitate the implementation of the convention of the rights of the child 1 5,000 5,000
bi-monthly meeting with the voice of the young 6 3,000 18,000
Conduct meeting of the association funded by Sajuka) one in every three months 3 4,000 12,000
Organise quarterly sporting activities (football tournaments, traditional sports, regatta and others). 3 800 2,400
Logistics, transport, Insurances, licenses, Maintenance and tax, communications 12 2,000 24,000
Medical allowances of member and volunteers, Insurances, travel 12 2,500 30,000
External review, evaluations and reports 1 6,000 6,000
Publish an annual bulletin on the activities of the project. (funded by Sajuka) 1 7,500 7,500
Total 154,900
Strategic direction 2: Improving capacities
Income generation, Co-operation and networking with child protection agencies
Child and Youth Development
Support the children on peer to peer sensitisation 1 5,000 5,000
Provide support  5 child sex workers with small scale income generating projects to support themselves and their families. (funded by Sajuka) 1 6,000 6,000
Organise another one week talent day for the display of products produced by beneficiaries of the project 1 7,000 7,000
Support the vegetable garden at wellingera with pumping machines for the animals and vegetable gardening  1 110,000 110,000
Support ten children to conduct a sensitisation on the national TV issues affecting them and the impact of the project. 1 5,000 5,000
Cost of seeds and seedlings for the vegetable gardening (funded by Sajuka) 1 1,500 1,500
Re-enforcement on the animal husbandry and sheep fattening 1 6,250 6,250
Teaching materials for the Groups training and start up kits for the graduating students in  ( Batik , Tie&Dye,Tailoring,Embroding,Handicraft) 1 20,000 20,000
Support another 15 youths with start up kits for income generation in sewing, tie/dye, Carpentry, Bee keeping, soap making, weaving, cookery, pomade making and handicraft 10 3,500 35,000
Evaluate the fishing and beekeeping projects with a view to increasing sustainability of these two projects 1 15,000 15,000
Total 210,750
Strategic direction 3: Reducing the number of children, youths and vulnerable groups affected by or dying from HIV/AIDS
Toubaclouse and Malaria
Capacity Building
Work with the Save the children Alliance and the office for migration and other interested agencies to develop a project  proposal to combat illegal immigration 1 5,000 5,000
Participate in the study on of the risks of child mobility to be conducted in partnership with UNICEF  1 4,500 4,500
Conduct training on child trafficking for 20 participants (security force and association) 4 1,500 6,000
Conduct training on lobbying and programme presentation 1 8,000 8,000
Conduct training child right programming 1 10,000 10,000
Conduct  training for religious and option leaders on child rights convention 1 5,000 5,000
Organise 3 day training for 15  children involved in commercial sex works on project identification and management. 1 4000 4000
Train 10 children from the beneficiaries on radio and television presentation  1 8,500 8,500
Conduct training on home based care for people leaving with HIV/AIDS for the drama group, traditional birth attendance and village health workers 1 10,000 10,000
Conduct training for members of drama group and Sajuka kids (kaadu hali ) on HIV/AIDS  guidance and counselling 1 5,000 5,000
Conduct training for 10 traditional singers on  the IEC component On malaria 1 10,000 10,000
Support the training of 15 members from different group to carried out the information in 15 villages in nuimi in a form of food and transport. 1 6,000 6,000
Conduct training for Drama Group and option leader on the sensitisation of CRC and the 12 Rights of working children and youth 1 8,500 8,500
Conduct a five days training for 15 members on poultry handling and animals husbandry  1 3,500 3,500
Conduct training for 15 member of Sajuka kids (kadu Haali) 1 8,000 8,000
support the training of 15 members on cartons to display the child right convention. 1 5,000 5,000
Train 11 group leaders on fundraising techniques and strategy  1 8,000 8,000
Train 10 members of the association on information technology 5 3,500 17,500
Conduct 3 training for 2 leaders of each group on leadership and human resource development lobbying training (Funded by Sajuka) 1 3,500 3,500
Continue to build the capacities of staff in the field of child participation (practical wisdom) 1 25,000 25,000
Total 161,000
Strategic direction 4: Co-operation and networking promoting the rights of the child
Project staff.
Support Services
Organise another discussion at the Ferry terminal in Barra with the children working in 'Barra/Banjul river boat transportation 3 300 900
Follow up issue of child labour, 'hanging around for visiting tourists/carrying boat passengers/child trafficking discuss the previous yrs(Funded by Sajuka) 1 500 500
Support another 10 children with the strategies and actions proposed on income generating. 1 6,000 6,000
Conduct sensitisations  and training on child trafficking for religious leader and village development committee members and other stake holders 1 12,000 12,000
Conduct sensitisation on child trafficking at the following boarders, Amdalaye, Kerr jeng, Ndugu Kebbeh, Barra 4 3,500 14,000
Sensitisation on children with learning difficulties in 10 communities 1 10,000 10,000
Sensitisation on early migration  1 7,000 7,000
Mobilise 1500 children and adults to march 5 kilometres to commemorate the international day of the child 1 10,000 10,000
Organise symposia on international day of the child 1 4,000 4,000
Work with Recruited 3 sex worker/focal points on safe practices, reproductive health, Sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.  1 1,500 1,500
Work with the 5 to provide peer education to other child sex workers (Funded by Sajuka) 1 1,500 1,500
Prepared a programme package Conduct a research on the level of commercial sex worker involving children (Funded by Sajuka) 1 5,000 5,000
Support the drama troop and the Anti Aids clubs to carried out sensitisation on VTC Voluntary Testing and Counselling Funded by Sajuka) 1 3,000 3,000
Conduct sensitisation on HIV/AIDS in villages in 15 villages. 1 8,000 8,000
Support each village with relevant pesticide on malaria prevention 15 1,000 15,000
Support the drama group to future a play on the national television 1 7,500 7,500
Mobilise 1500 youths and adults to march 5 kilometres to commemorate worlds AIDS day. (Funded by Sajuka) 1 10,000 10,000
Organise symposia on world AIDS day (Funded by Sajuka) 1 5,000 5,000
Support the activities of the Association to celebrate the Workers Day/Annual Katchaa  2 7,500 15,000
Conduct sensitisation in ten communities and school on the rights of the child (Funded by Sajuka) 1 10,000 10,000
Conduct sensitisation on birth registration (Funded by Sajuka) 1 6,250 6,250
Purchase one motor bike for supervision to group 1 25,000 25,000
Conduct term review of activities on swot analysis / workshop/resource development/ for both staffs/volunteers and head of all the 11 groups 3 2,500 7,500
Project support resource person 12 29092.05 349,110
Total 533,760
Sub Total in Gambian Dalasis     1,060,410.00
Provisions for price inflation and currency fluctuations 0.5%     5,302.05
Save the Children Allocation for 2008    CFA18,000,000.00  (5000CFA =240GMD)   18,000,000 846,000
Sajuka own funds   4,577,333.00 219,712
Total funding for 2008 GMD     1,065,712.05
Equivalent to SEK ( 100 SEK=300GMD) 355,237.35
Equivalent to CFA 22,577,333.00