Children reading books on traditional story tales
Fatoumata is ready for her return to school next week. Thanks to GMP’s Summer Education Program, Fatoumata was able to review math and French, in addition to learning some traditional games and discover more about the history of her community. Together with Fatoumata, almost 2,500 children from 25 different schools participated in GMP’s Summer Education Program. 965 girls and 929 boys participated in a series of fun and engaging activities that were facilitated by 158 grandmothers from the local communities, in addition to receiving a robust review of French and mathematics that was supported by 33 teachers from local area schools.
The grandmothers that assisted teachers in the Summer Education Program will also be present in school this year to provide continuity and support to families sending their children back to school after 8 long months without any schooling.
Historically, families in Velingara do not trust the school system, as it as seen as a foreign institution that does not respect the local community’s values or history. Grandmothers, however, have built a bridge between the schools and the community so that families are better informed about what is going on in school and know that the grandmothers ensure that the curriculum also reflects the local culture.
Thanks to you, grandmothers are able to support both the education and well-being of children in Velingara.
Grandmothers: a resource for children's education