Help provide adult literacy courses in the Gambia

by The Jallow Foundation, The Gambia


Our aim is to provide adult literacy courses to people living in The Gambia, West Africa. 770 illiterate adults in one district alone have come forward wanting literacy courses.Education is not free in The Gambia and families cannot afford to send children to school. Uneducated children grow up into uneducated & illiterate adults, unable to obtain employment. The circle of poverty continues from one generation to another but adult literacy courses can open up many opportunities.
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In The Gambia education is not free & families are unable to afford to send their children to school. If children cannot get an education then they grow up into adults who are unable to read and write. If adults have no literacy skills then employment possibilities are nil & the best that they can expect is the odd labouring job or subsistence farming neither of which will provide for the family. Those particularly affected live in the provinces and include many women as well as men.


Providing Adult Literacy Classes to those adults who were not able to attend school will open up a great opportunities for them which were previously not available. They will be the ability to obtain employment or with a little financial help, set up their own business. This will enable people to provide for their families and enable them to send their children to school. Their children will not suffer in the same way and have the chance of a better future.

Long-Term Impact

People living in the provinces in The Gambia are in a poverty trap. If uneducated & illiterate you cannot obtain employment, no employment means children cannot attend school. Children become uneducated & illterate adults unable to obtain employment & provide for their familes. So the cycle of poverty continues generation to generation. Enabling illiterate adults to become literate means that employment is possible, children can go to school. Long term poverty can be eradicated.


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The Jallow Foundation, The Gambia

Location: Fareham, Hampshire - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Naomi Jallow
Fareham, Hampshire United Kingdom

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