The Gambia Academy was set up in 2015 by the renowned musician, educator and activist Sona Jobarteh in order to pave the way for a new generation of institutions across Africa, dedicated to a process of educational reform which critically challenges and rejects well established educational frameworks which she believes marginalise, undermine, victimise and disempower young Africans from a formative age. It is Jobarteh's conviction that by reforming education we are directly addressing the bigger mission of working towards true sustainable development across the continent.
The Gambia Academy is dedicated first and foremost on re-orientating curriculum, and to critically assess what best serves young africans in order to equip them with the knowledge, passion and tools they need to succeed as proactive change-makers, entrepreneurs, role models, as well as a highly skilled workforce. Jobarteh has developed and is expanding a curriculum that uniquely supports the holistic growth and development of each child, incorporating entrepreneurship, leadership, nutrition, health and vocational training into the very fabric of an academic curriculum which is centred around African values, culture and history. This approach, says Jobarteh, will create a generation of Africans who will be innately proud of their culture, confident with who they are as Africans, and proactive contributors to the growth and sustainable development of the continent.
Funded entirely from the proceeds of her international touring, Jobarteh started in 2015 with 21 young students selected from more than 400 candidates in order to develop a pilot model which could be expanded upon. She still funds this project almost entirely, however we are now on expansion mode and are actively bringing on board donors and seeking contributors to the curriculum development.
Ms. Jobarteh is now well on the way to realizing her vision for The Gambia Academy's expansion to be able to accommodate the growing number of students who wish to join. She purchased 50 hectares of land on which a brilliant new campus will take shape. Situated on the southern edge of The Gambia, this will enable the expansion to support 300 students as well as launch the Academy's Senior department for over 18s.
The site of the Academy in Kartong puts it in a perfect location - a ten minute walk to the beach, whilst being closely connected to the rural community. The Academy will offer courses to both national and overseas students, also benefiting from on-site accommodation. The expansion of this project is now at the development and funding stage, and we are reaching out to partner organisations, individuals and funders to come on board this pioneering enterprise.
The Gambia Academy is exclusively dedicated to the social and economic development of the country, utilising culture as the gateway for educating, implementing and empowering Gambians to be the agents of social change from the ground-level upwards.
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Due to the restrictions on being able to work during the Covid19 lockdown in the country many families have been severely impacted financially and are struggling to just put food on the table. Thanks to our partnership with UNICEF, the Academy has been able to support families of students through these very difficult times by making food deliveries each month to make sure families have enough to eat. We are also continuing to support all our students with healthcare during these difficult times.
Thanks to the generous donation from the.... the Academy now has a large number of tables and chairs to support all the students. We are hugely grateful to the donors.
Four students were selected and invited to represent the Academy at a UNICEF event in Rome, Italy late last year called Prodige. The performance was aired on live TV in Italy.
We are so excited that we are finally set to start commencing the construction of the new campus at the end of this year. Interested in joining us in our efforts to making this new campus a reality? Click here to find out more...
We teach students to always think about ways they can harness the environment and ways that they can improve the quality of their environment. Our recycling projects this year have flourished with students demonstrating how creatively they have been able to apply themselves. View some of their exciting work by clicking below!
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