Education

In 2014 we have launched a new project: the construction of new school buildings on the island Jinack.

 

Below is a short description of our activities on the island so far:

The island of Jinack is situated in the delta of the Gambia River and has approximately 2000 inhabitants, who until recently only had access to very limited healthcare and education facilities. 

 

2BaB Foundation was founded in 2006 with the primary goal to improve health care on the island. We have started many activities but also receive a lot of cooperation from governmental bodies who we were able to convince to contribute to our project. By our constant presence, friendly requests and, when necessary, polite insistence, we have been able to gather the additional support to make our projects successful. 

 

In 2008 Jinack got a bush ambulance at their disposal. Then, at the request of our sister organization, the woman's association Kutejumbulu, we built a health clinic (with 10 beds) on the island in the summer of 2009. The clinic is running successfully without any concerns. In 2010, we started a farm project with 15 hectares of land. We support the women on the island in growing onions. Furthermore, we supplied public bathrooms to improve the quality of the water. Last year, the first (new) closed well was sunk.

 

We have improved the road that leads from the highway to the island: sand was replaced by gravel. Our “own” general practitioner has been in training on the local faculty of medicine for 5 years now. We have been offering work in administration, the clinic, ambulance transportation and on the farm, as well as during construction activities, when possible all fulfilled by inhabitants of Jinack.

 

Furthermore, we successfully negotiated with the government about the shortage of teachers on the island and by now eleven teachers are employed, so that by now 364 pupils receive good education. A new building to house the teachers was built in 2013. 

 

Three new teacher were recently employed and the Full Basic Cycle of education is now a fact. After six years of Lower Basic education, the first crop of pupils will enrol in groups 7 to 9 of Upper Basis Education that were added. 

 

They will complete a minimum of nine years of education, which is quite an improvement compared to the scarce education that was offered in the past. And nearly all of the girls on the island now go to school, which unfortunately is not common in Africa!

 

What next?

Know the time has come to build decent school buildings and create more space. Unfortunately, one of the two existing buildings that is used can hardly be called a building. Also, the classrooms are used in double shifts because of the large number of pupils in the school. Nonetheless, “our” school was judged the best of the district and ranked third best of the entire province of Kerewan during a recent quality inspection!

 

We have come to a special agreement with the government. They have begun the construction of a building with three classrooms. In return, we will build a five classroom building. Moreover, our foundation and the government will each provide a six cubicle toilet block and the government will add a teachers room.

We estimate that the required budget will be € 62,500. If our fund raising is successful, we will also reserve money to buy school furniture and material.

 

We are now asking for your financial contribution to realize these plans. It is also important to know that Wild Geese Foundation has committed itself to supplement € 0,55 for every Euro we raise. Which gives even more security to our project, given that the government has already initiated the construction of the school building!

 

The project number of Wild Geese Foundation is: 2014.0192, the activity number is 2014.418

 

Also, I am willing to inform you personally about the project. I sincerely hope that you will (again) support our project.

 

Your contribution to this project, mentioning the above project and activity numbers, can be deposited on account nr. NL53INGB00000 40 000 in the name of Wild Geese Foundation, Hilversum.

Of course, you can also deposit your contribution on the account of our foundation, 

Account nr. NL24FVLB0260.453.315 in the name of Stichting 2BaB Foundation, Naarden.

 

 

 


 

 

Education

20 June 2019

Completion School Project Jinack 2019

Completion schoolproject  2019

 

We reported numerous articles about this project in the past, which project we now closed

21 July 2017

Update School Project Jinack July 2017

After the finishing of the building activities of the school project on Jinack, it appeared there was a remainder in the finances. A matter of proper and cautious budgetting.

 

 

09 December 2016

Update School Project Jinack december 2016

2006 - 2016

 

In The Gambia, North Bank region, on the island Jinack, we support our sister foundation Kutejumbulu/2BaB Foundation, since 2006; 10 years. They are the approximately 80 women strong, women society of the island. We build and maintain since that time, a 10 bed clinic, a ambulance service and pay a top-up-allowance to some 17 teachers. Now having professional education for over 400 pupils.

 

 

23 March 2016

Update Schoolproject Jinack March 2016

This year it is 10 years ago that we started our foundation, a good moment to summarize the activities up to this moment:

 

From the beginning in 2006, we have focused mainly on the activities in The Gambia, West Africa. 

 

A brand new Toyota Land Cruiser bush ambulance was delivered to the island Jinack. Patients in need for medical care did no longer have to carried by foot along a twenty kilometers long sand road anymore.

27 November 2015

Update School Project Jinack November 2015

The School Project was concluded according to plan and the building was handed to the community in a festive ceremony on 14 November.

A memorable day for Jinack and the by now 406 pupils of the school.

14 September 2015

Update School Project Jinack September 2015

September was a milestone in the construction project. The job is almost done and the last inspection before delivery to our Foundation was held. Conclusion: The people of the Dutch foundation Stichting Bouwen/Foundation to Build have completed yet another magnificent project; only the finishing touches remain to be done. This work will be completed in the coming period and mainly concerns the outside of the class rooms.

23 April 2015

Update Basic Cycle School project, Jinack, april 2015

 

Time for another update about the activities on Jinack, The Gambia, especially directed towards the sponsors of the project and others, who are concerned with the benefits of Jinack.

 

26 January 2015

Update Jinack Education Project January 2015

It is once again time for an update about the activities on Jinack, The Gambia. This update is especially directed towards the sponsors of the project and everyone who is concerned with the benefit of Jinack.

28 August 2014

Update Jinack Education Project August 2014

The building of the first project for the Jinack Basic Cycle School by the government has began! The old building will be taken down soon; no loss!

 

To be continued!

20 February 2014

Update Jinack Education Project February 2014

Important progress made

 

 

 

Since our initial efforts for education on Jinack in 2008, when we arranged and sponsored a full team of teachers for Lower Basic education, we have made important progress. The Ministry of Education agreed to designate international funds for the construction of housing for four teachers at this remote location. And now it is time to take another step.