Raise Gambia was set up in The Gambia in 2011 as one of nine Science for Africa projects established in sub-Saharan Africa by the UK based Institute of Physics.

In 2015 the IOP ceased funding the project and in 2017 we established Raise Gambia as an independent charity.

The aim of Raise Gambia is to enhance the teaching and learning of science in Gambian schools by promoting the use of practical experiments in the classroom - something that is currently rare.

Raise Gambia has set up and equipped a dedicated teaching laboratory in The Gambia and science teachers from across the country attend Teacher Development Workshops run by experienced UK and local science teachers.

Raise Gambia runs workshops for students from The Gambia and UK and enables school visits to the laboratory.

Raise Gambia operates a monitoring and certification process for schools, to reward the application of practical activities in schools

The work of Raise Gambia has been welcomed and embraced by all involved: the teachers, the students and the Gambian Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.

For Raise Gambia to continue our work, a minimum sum of £10,000 per annum is needed:

to provide a salary for the laboratory manager

to maintain the laboratory

to purchase basic items for the laboratory

to facilitate visits by students and teachers from local schools

to provide and facilitate Teacher Development Workshops

to loan science equipment from the laboratory to teachers for use in their own classrooms

With long-term funding, the following innovations could be developed:

establishing Centres of Excellence in several regions of The Gambia

running Summer Schools for Scientists to provide intensive science education for young Gambian scientists and engineers

establishing a strong link and a sustained working relationship with science departments at the University of The Gambia


Now we need your help…

For additional information or to support the project, please email the trustees / co-ordinators:

Laurie Mansfield: [email protected]   OR   Steve Atyeo: [email protected]



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