In December 2009 members of staff and Community Tutors, Stephanie Whitelock and Paul Mendy, met with staff at the Wellingara Nursery School in the Gambia to discuss setting up a long-term link with Reigate College.
Education is free for children aged 8 and above in the Gambia, however many schools will not accept children who’ve not had a formal primary-school education. For this reason, a huge number of children end up with no education at all, as many families simply can’t afford to pay for their children’s initial education.
Since the link was established, the Students’ Union has raised significant funds for the nursery school.
These funds have been spent on:
- the training of new teaching staff
- much-needed play equipment
- the refurbishment of the school, plus the building of a new sheltered area.
The College also organises an annual collection of second-hand computers and good quality clothes that are used by the school and local villagers.