Most secondary schools will not accept children who have not had a primary education ~ the cost of which is beyond the reach of most families who live on the poverty line. As such only 39% of children attend secondary school and this is reflected in the country's literacy rate of just 50% (dropping to 40% for females.)
Other volunteer projects in Gambia focus on installing wells and water pumps as well as providing mosquito nets and vaccinating children from infectious diseases such as malaria.
There are also volunteer work opportunities in the many orphanages that are run in the country to cater for the 72,000 children who are orphans out of a child population of some 811,000.
If you run or
know of a volunteer work project in the Gambia let us know
by contacting us here. We look forward
to hearing from you!