Sandwatch in The Gambia
April 12, 2014: The UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) represents an extraordinary variety of schools from the different continents. It is one of the flagship projects of UNESCO. The Gambia is home to twenty-two ASPnet schools that are located in the both the rural and urban areas of the country. In partnership with the National Environment Agency (NEA), through the UNESCO Adaptation to Coastal and Climate Change project (ACCP) the ASPnet is actively involved in SANDWATCH activities. In the past, The Gambia ASPnet supported all the associated schools along the coastal regions registered under the SANDWATCH by reinforcing their response to some contemporary challenges for ESD through this project.
The Gambia and the National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the Banjul City Council embarked on the cleansing of the Banjul beach. The area covered by this activity is nearly 2 kilometres stretch spanning from the Statehouse beach front to the NATCOM office. The national stakeholders including personnel of the Gambia Navy were invited.
The exercise attracted over 2000 people including the Deputy Mayor, Mrs Amie Sillah (deputising for the Lord Mayor), staff of the National Commission for UNESCO, representatives of the Office of the President, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture among other stakeholders in the hotel industry. The turn out from the aforementioned and the community-based groups such as women and youth of Banjul was massive. All the 15 ASPnet schools in the Greater Banjul positively responded to this call and all the newspaper houses - eight of them covered the event as well as the Gambia Radio and Television Services. The National television broadcast the event during its 20.00 and 22.00 hours newscast.
November 18th-24th, 2013, UNESCO`s "Climate Change Education Inside and Outside of the Classroom" workshop held in Praia in the Cape Verde Islands. Representatives from more than twelve (12) African nations, inlcudingThe Gambia attended the workshop were given an introduction to Sandwatch's MAST protocols (Measure, Analyze, Share Findings, Take Action) including a trip to Quebra Canela Beach to learn how Sandwatch surveys and lessons are conducted.
Representatives from twelve African nations attened the Cape Verde 2013 workshop
April 2013: St. Joseph's Senior Secondary School, Banjul, The Gambia (All-Girls School)
UNESCO ASPnet SANDWATCH REPORT, 2013.
The members of UNESCO ASPnet of St. Joseph’s Senior Secondary School are participating effectively in and out of the school to promote the aims and objectives of UNESCO towards human development.It is against this backdrop that we are known in the areas of Environmental Sanitation, Tree Planting and most importantly our popular SANDWATCH activities on the beaches of Banjul.
In April 2013, sixty students from our school visited Dakar, Senegal and we took that opportunity to conduct a SANDWATCH activity on one of the beaches of Dakar, which helped us to compare the rate of Coastal Erosion in Dakar and Banjul
May 2103: The ASPnet/Sandwatch membership in my school is about 150 students and 5 teachers, and we are known as the ‘technical committee’. In my school all the members takes part in Sandwatch activities and my school was the first to implement Sandwatch activities on our beach way back in 2010 after our UNESCO sponsored training workshop in Paria, Cape Verde Islands.
Our most recent Sandwatch beach trip was done on the 27th May, 2013 on a Friday on Fajara Beach and 15 students and 4 teachers participated. See our photos below!
The main objective of this activity was to show students how to do scientific observations, measurements and analysis of the beach environment in an inter-disciplinary approach, and to help them along with local communities in applying this information and knowledge for the wise management and enhancement of their beaches and finally to ensure the future of The Gambian ASPnet/Sandwatch program, particularly in my school.
Dawda Nasso, ASPnet School Coordinator,
Ndow's Lower Basic School,
SANDWATCH MAKES A DIFFERENT IN MY LIFE
26TH FEBRUARY, 2012
NDOW’S COMPREHENSIVE LOWER BASIC SCHOOL ONE: SANDWATCH BEACH SURVEY
Ndow’s comprehensive Lower Basic School one on Sunday 26th February, 2012 conducted a sandwatch beach survey on Fajara Beach.
Sandwatch as an environmental education is a process aimed at developing a world population that is aware of and concerned about the total environment and its associated problems and which has the knowledge, attitude, skills, motivation and commitment to work individually and collectively towards solution of current problems and the prevention of new ones.
SANDWATCH PROJECT: The Gambia, March 2010
Activities of the Adaptation to Climate and Coastal Change (ACCC) Project of the National Environment Agency (NEA) in partnership with the UNESCO ASPnet in The Gambia
NB: This is an excerpt from the Gambia National Commission for UNESCO Annual Report 2010. Gambia ASPnet Activities 2010
Two ASPnet School Coordinators namely Mrs. Adelle Sock Assistant National ASPnet Coordinator, Mr Dawda Nasso, Ndows Comprehensive School ASPnet Coordinator and the NEA Focal Point, Mr Lamin Fatty Bakoteh Lower Basic School participated in the first training of trainers for the UNESCO SANDWATCH Project in Praia, Cap-Verde in August 2009. 23 teachers coming from Cap Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania & Senegal were trained. Subsequent to this, the NEA in partnership with NATCOM and the ASPnet has been organising series of SANDWATCH activities for ASPnet and NEA adopted schools using the expertise of the Cap Verde participants.
Sandwatch provides a practical ‘hands-on’ approach for integrating the values inherent to sustainable development into all aspects of learning. It thereby empowers citizens to act for positive environmental and social change
The Gambia Attends a Sandwatch Workshop in Cape Verde Aug 2009
In August 2009, Three (3) teachers from The Gambia attended a Sandwatch-UNESCO "Train-The Trainers" Regional Workshop for West Africa held in Praia, Cape Verde.
The goal of the workshop is to train more teachers in The Gambia in Sandwatch methods, so that the project can expand within the country and more students, schools and communities become involved in protecting their coastal environments.
From this and subsequent National Workshops, Sandwatch has established teams in the following schools across the country.
The Gambia Holds National Sandwatch Training Workshop
SANDWATCH PROJECT: Activities of the Adaptation to Climate and Coastal Change (ACCC) Project of the National Environment Agency (NEA) in partnership with the UNESCO ASPnet in The Gambia
Two ASPnet School Coordinators namely Mrs. Adelle Sock Assistant National ASPnet Coordinator, Mr Dawda Nasso, Ndows Comprehensive School ASPnet Coordinator and the NEA Focal Point, Mr Lamin Fatty Bakoteh Lower Basic School participated in the first training of trainers for the UNESCO SANDWATCH Project in Praia, Cap-Verde in August 2009. 23 teachers coming from Cap Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania & Senegal were trained.
Subsequent to this,the NEA in partnership with NATCOM and the ASPnet has been organising series of SANDWATCH activities for ASPnet and NEA adopted schools using the expertise of the Cap Verde participants.
Sandwatch provides a practical ‘hands-on’ approach for integrating the values inherent to sustainable development into all aspects of learning. It thereby empowers citizens to act for positive environmental and social change.
The NEA is currently implementing the project Adaptation to Climate and Coastal Changes (ACCC) project (2009-2011), to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of coastal communities and ecosystems to climate change through integrated coastal area management.
The exercises were conducted along the Fajara-Senegambia beach stretch and covered more activities, particularly on scientific measurements, with the three lower basic schools of Ndow’s Comprehensive Associated School, Bakoteh
Proper and Bakau Newtown Associated School. Children participated in protecting the beaches and shoreline environments through activities that included beach clean-up exercises, water quality tests, measurement of wave heights and erosion. SANDWATCH training was organised for teachers from 16 NEA and UNESCO ASPnet schools in March 2010. A second training was conducted for 75 children from 5 schools on 12 and 13 June 2010. The final one was held on 6 November 2010. The trainings which were organised by Mr. Dodou Trawally National ACCC Project Coordinator of the NEA were done in collaboration with the NATCOM through the UNESCO Associated Schools
Yahya Al-Matarr Jobe
National ASPnet Coordinator ( The Gambia)
Gambia National Commission for UNESCO
SIGNING OF A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU):
A memorandum of understanding was signed between The Gambia UNESCO NATCOM and Mali UNESCO NATCOM to promote collaboration between the two UNESCO National Commissions activities especially that of ASPnet and the Sandwatch project.
The signing ceremony was done by Mrs. Sukai Bojang and Prof Youssef Dambell, the Secretary-Generals of The Gambia NATCOM and Mali NATCOM respectively.
Hello from the Sandwatchers of The SBEC International School
We are H-A-P-P-Y to join you!
Get to know us:
We are a bilingual international school in The Gambia and “Shaping World Changers In The Gambia” is our vision.
We are a member of the Association of International schools In Africa, (AISA) and we run the British curriculum alongside the French and national curricula.
The Gambia, a small country of 10,403 square kilometres land size and a population of a little less than 2,000,000 is located in West Africa.
It gained independence from Britain on February 18, 1965. It has 5 regions and 40 districts.
Most of the land, on the two banks of The River Gambia, the most outstanding physical feature, is low plateau and our capital city, Banjul, is an island.
Next to agriculture, tourism has been our major industry since 1971. This sector recorded its highest in 2007, with 142,626 tourists.