Each morning the compound of our nursery school fills step by step with the children and the teachers. On 8:30 a.m. Lamin Kolley, our headmaster, rings the school bell and they all together spread into their classes. Jainaba Ceesay takes over the youngest (3 years old/level 1), Fatoumata Trowalley the four year old children (Level 2), Yankuba Ceesay waits in his classroom for the 5 year old kids (Level 3) and Mariama Dibba is looking for the oldest (6 year old, Level 4). Bakary Ndow is teaching a class by his own since March 2014. This has the positive effect that Mariamas group becomes smaller and she can intensify her tutition on her children and prepare them best for the transistion to the local Primary School.
Before the tuition starts teacher go through the attendance list. Who is “here”, who is “absent”. This procedure will be repeated after lunch break (11:00 to 11:.30 am) to ensure that no children went away without notice during lunch time.
Afterwards out of the single class rooms sounds loud singing or they dance, calculate, draw, play, read or write. The tuition is adapted to the skill level of the children and always very varied. For age group, an own curriculum exists to guide the teachers. From level 3 the children start to learn English and to write. With Mariama, level 4, children learn to calculate. Thus it is guaranteed that the children are well prepared for the transfer into the local Primary School.
All children have half hour a day Koran lessons with Oustaz Ceesay. At 1 a.m. the school bell rings again and children are running home with a cheerful “Good-by teacher”.
On Friday all classes together have lessons under the shadow of the mango tree or the Assembly-Hall. Sometimes the children show performances of what they have learned in the past days. Often, they play outdoor games like "tug of war", "find your shoes" or "jumping sack". On Friday, the school ends already on 11 a.m. and therefore without a meal. But since March 2014 we have our own oven and are happy that we can provide our children on these days with Tapalapa - the Gambian baguette.