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Help Create a Safe School Environment

Hamm, J.
volunteer from Michigan
in Gambia
Reading outdise in a group.

Upper River Region wants a safe and friendly school to provide access to quality education for children including girls. However, the school is presently unsecured from many sides, motorcycles speed through and animals and people roam throughout the school's campus due to an eroding fence structure. This created dangerous environment for children for the schools especially during the break time. And the constant noise distracted children in their respective lessons and negatively impacted on their performances. Many parents are worried to send their children to school because of the unsafe environment for learning This strong infrastructural development will enhance safe and secure environment for children to focus on learning to improve their performances.

The community members and school staff have joined together to secure the school by constructing a stronger fence structure. The village will be contributing largely to the construction of the fence, not limited to: masonry, block making, and sand and gravel transportation. Additionally, the project also included a capacity development component and PCV will work with the School management Committee and Mothers' Club to improve the administration of the school as well as strengthen community engagement to improve enrollment in school before the beginning of next academic. The main objective of the project is to ensure that by beginning of the next academic year we will have a safer and healthier environment for children.

And the expected potential outcomes included but are not limited to: (i) improve the learning environment for children who are currently exposed to danger of accidents, (ii) provide secured environment to grow vegetables to improve their school lunch bowls (iii) provide access to learning materials for their environmental lessons. All these will increase access to education as well as improve the quality of learning environment for children.

The fence and agriculture plots will be maintained using village groups (Mother's Club and School Management Committee). The Mother's Club will also be responsible for selling produce collected from the agriculture plots and orchards and returning the money to the school to be used to supplement school lunches.

This project has been designed to expand access to education for girls in Gambia as part of the Let Girls Learn Program. Learn more at

Your contribution increases the impact of Ms. Hamm, her fellow Peace Corps Volunteers, and their communities; and makes a brighter future possible for young women in Gambia.

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