Humanity school of Learning (Farato the Gambia)
Humanity School of Learning’s vision is to: provide Good education for innocent children from poor families and those left on the street without any proper plan for the future, provide them with culturally competent and philanthropic mind as well as increase their chance for better life.
Mission and Core Values
Humanity School of Learning was established in September, 2009 to provide basic nursery Education to the children in Farato, to support, connect and promote growth of children through mentoring, networking, and nurturing them towards realization of their full potentials
The Humanity School of Learning rests on the following beliefs:
- Recognizing and upholding mutual respect, innate worth, value, and unique experiences of all people.
- Equality, equity, and equal opportunities for all irrespective of age, gender, class, disability, religion and location
- Honesty, Transparency, and teamwork are essential requirements for effectiveness, efficiency and prosperity
- Poverty eradication through solidarity, support, and education for the poor, powerless and the excluded.
- Courage, conviction, commitment, creativity, boldness and innovation are required to positively impact the lives of less privileged children and women and handicaps.
- We believe in humility and recognize that we belong to a larger organization fighting for the rights and welfare of Children much more handicaps and their families.
Areas of work
- Children empowerment through education, both formal and informal.
- Rehabilitation of street and less privileged children.
- Promotion of educational institutions and strengthening of educational programs mainly for children and handicaps from poor families and women
- Promoting health of children handicaps and women from poor families.
- Eradication of the negative social attitudes and traditional practices harmful to children through awareness creation and training on the hazards of such practices.
- Continuous monitoring of these poor children and handicaps no matter where they may be.
- Follow the children that has successfully completed their nursery education at the Humanity School of Learning to where ever they are continuing their education in the Gambia and support as needed.
- Continuo monitoring and supporting children and handicaps with their basic needs.
Who we are
Established in September 2009, the Humanity School of Learning is a non-profit making institution committed to voluntary service to serve humanity. We work with the Children, handicaps and women, to holistically address issues affecting their livelihood. The institution is based on strong convictions to lift children and women out of vulnerability and poverty through provision of basic education and awareness programs to help mothers the basic needs of children and handicaps.
- The school is one of the few groups in Farato, focusing on improving street children and handicaps education and wellbeing.
- Humanity School of Learning is a viable vehicle to reach the community but the organization recognized the need for capacity building and expertise to support in their mission to ultimately lift the women, children and handicaps out of strife.
- The Institution is not restricting its activities to Farato alone. We aim at widening our scope to other regions in the Gambia if support is available.
- Presently the Institution is operating actively in the Farato area.
THE HANDICAP PROGRAM
At Humanity School of Learning, we believe that people with disabilities should have equal access to rights, opportunities, and services and be protected from discrimination, abuse, and neglect. Sadly, many with disabilities are routinely denied even the most basic human rights, particularly in our different communities.
In many low-income countries like the Gambia, disability is treated in some places as a stigma; people with disabilities can face discrimination in all aspects of life. Shunned by their community and excluded from school, employment, healthcare, and other services due to direct discrimination or a lack of physical accessibility or appropriate resources, people with disabilities often live in extreme poverty and isolation.
To combat these injustices, Humanity School of Learning is advocating for the rights of people with disabilities at local level and supports the little we can. Many factors contribute to the exclusion of children with disabilities, including discrimination, inaccessible school buildings, a lack of accessible transportation, and a lack of trained teachers and special education resources. Exclusion from education further perpetuates the vicious cycle of disability and poverty.
Humanity School of Learning working hard to change these perceptions and opens our doors for children and young people with disabilities through the promotion of inclusive education. The school currently runs this program in the school campus and at home where the handicaps lives.
Inclusive education means education in which all children are welcome in the same classroom and provided with high-quality instruction and the support tools needed to succeed. In practice this requires helping schools and school systems to adapt to the needs each individual child, rather than trying to “fix the child in order to fit the system.” It also involves convincing parents, teachers, and other students that children with disabilities should be accepted and allowed to attend school alongside their peers.
- Raising the awareness about the rights of children with disabilities among parents, teachers, students, and other community members
- Identifying children with disabilities in the community who are not attending school and bring them to school and take care of them.
- Providing support and training to parents of children with disabilities
- Training teachers to work with children with disabilities and learners with special educational needs.
- Expansion of the school enrolment number in order to avoid street children.
- Staff capacity building for learning and handling of children and handicaps.
- Food supply for school children for better learning motivation and understanding.
- Continues help to children that have gone through Humanity School of Learning and now going to different primary schools till the primary school of humanity school of learning is in place .
- Land as a playground for the children during non-busy hours and other school activities.
- School transports for handicaps children and also for side visits.
- Register children much more handicaps within and around Farato and help them any how needed.
- Expand and enhance the small chicken farm and garden for self-reliance and self-food sufficiency
- Rehabilitation of more street children, both boys and Girls and handicaps through enrolling them into the nursery and primary schools and supporting them along the way.
- Gathering and distributing cloths and health care material to women, children handicaps within the poor and vulnerable communities in the Gambia.
- Education and skills training for young girls and women who finished their primary/secondary studies in and have no employment.
- Independent water and electricity supply through borehole and solar electric system.
I believes that the progress made is a clear reflection of the commitment and competency level of it human resource. To uplift the standard and ensure higher quality education for the children, I intends to build the capacity of the human resources through training both local & abroad, workshops, and seminars. It is my intention to accommodate and help more street children and handicaps.
Staff Capacity Building
A comprehensive Staff Development Policy, which caters for the provision of good Staff Development measures and opportunities has been developed and is currently being review.
In order to ensure sustainability, greater emphasis was placed on the training of the teachers for the proper implementation of proper teaching and handling of the children.
Currently two of my teachers are undergoing the teacher training program in the Gambia College and I am also looking for funs to train the rest of the teachers. We also organize computer classes for the teachers to improve the IT skills and data management.
Educational Program and Practice
Implementing an effective planning, assessment, documentation and reporting cycle for individual children was a key feature of our improvement plan over the years and teachers made significant progress in this area as we worked together, constantly reflecting on what was working well and what was achievable.
Portfolios containing parent information and feedback, plans for children, photographs and art work looking at children interests, learning and activities were developed throughout the year and this information can be available for the children and their families.
A daily reflections time table was developed for teachers to review each day’s activities, children are learning and to share information about families and children with each other. Everyone is clearly informed about daily activities and that there is continuity in planning for children and teachers. Below is the list of subjects tough by the teachers.
- English language
- Jolly Phonics
- Physical Education
- Cultural Studies
- Grandma Day
- Cleaning and health care
Beside the normal subjects, we also introduce an unusual subject call “Cultural Studies (AKA Grandma Day)”. In this subject, pupils are tough by one grandma from the community the norms, culture and tradition of our ancestors once a week. This particular subject become very interesting even by the teacher because, most of the life styles of ancestors are been forgotten by many. Extracurricular activities are not an exception. I also organize excursions to different historic sites and landmarks for students to have first class information about the sites and learn from it.