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SOS Primary School in Basse receives School of the Year Award!

SOS Primary School in Basse receives School of the Year Award!

The SOS Primary School in Basse, funded by generous supporters from the UK, has recently been awarded the honour of School of the Year 2011 by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in The Gambia.

Opened in September 2007, the SOS School in Basse (known locally as 'Lower Basic School') provides a valuable education to the 210 pupils who attend. The pupils are both from the nearby SOS Children’s Village Basse, and from families in the local communities, many of who would otherwise not have the opportunity to go to school. 

This award is a reflection of the quality of teaching and commitment from the SOS teachers and staff from the school. The education the students receive, coupled with outstanding welfare support and care, prepare the young people for their future. The school has consistently achieved excellent results since it was opened and last year achieved the best results out of the 75 schools who sat The National Assessment Test conducted by the West African Examination Council.

Six classrooms provide space for a variety of subjects. A large school hall offers the space for large assemblies and sports practice, whilst a canteen on-site ensures that children receive a hot meal every day. In order to help children who have fallen behind in class, or who need a little extra help with their homework, the school put on extra sessions throughout the week. Teachers work closely with parents, to ensure that they support their children to make the most of their education.

The school is very well equipped, with a library which offers books for children to take home to help them complete their homework, as well as some more light-hearted books for their entertainment. A computer room helps children get to grips with the latest technology and search the internet to help with their schoolwork. Classes also have outings to local sights and attractions, to make their learning more interactive. This recently included a visit to the meteorological office, where they learnt about how the weather is predicted, and why it is important. The school also organise a variety of extra-curricular activities, including football and drama sessions, which encourage children to make friends and develop their skills outside academic subjects alone.

Staff and students from SOS Primary School Basse School of the Year Award certificatethe SOS School are proud to have received this award (see right), which would not have been possible without the support of UK donors who funded the construction of the school. In addition to the school, donors from the UK also raised funds to build the 13 family houses in the SOS Children’s Village Basse, as well as an SOS Nursery School for 130 little children. They also cover a significant amount of the running costs of all of these facilities, which, together, provide hundreds of children with life changing opportunities. Find out more about our projects in Basse.