The Kerewan Escuela Moderna, sponsored by the Gambia Secular Assembly, an AAI affiliate, is facing a deadline of 31 March to complete all property repairs and upgrades to the school as agreed when they took over the school from the Ministry of Education last fall.
The Gambia Secular Assembly wanted to establish a school where it could educate the next generation in science and reason without religious indoctrination. When the Gambia Secular Assembly (GSA) applied to run a private secular school in the Gambia, the Ministry of Education asked them to take over an existing primary school, previously owned and managed by a local Christian ministry. But it had been run down for many years and out of compliance with zoning laws. So the Ministry made repairs and upgrades a condition for the GSA to use the school.
The school opened in Fall 2013 with 3 classes and is already looking to open their 4th class in Fall 2014. However, to open in the fall, the Ministry is requiring all repairs and upgrades to be completed by the end of March. The cost of those repairs has been estimated at $6,000, and AAI and the GSA have already raised $2,400 towards those repairs. But the deadline is looming, and we still need to raise another $3,600.
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