November 17 - Playspace at Mbollet-Ba

Imaginative play is an essential part of early childhood education, so we have been helping our partner school at Mbollet-Ba to offer opportunities to develop through play that are similar to what’s available in our own school. 

 

Mbollet-Ba’s first ever nursery play facility gets underway in December this year. Inspiration comes from a well shaded grove of mango trees near the new nursery buildings constructed through our partnership in 2016, and from Salusbury’s Reception and Year 1 play arrangements. Two architecture students, Agnieszka and Vicky, studied our play facilities earlier this year and will reproduce features like up-and-down relief, and separation from the older children, for a Gambian-style nursery play area. The designs were developed earlier this year on site in The Gambia by Vicky and Agnieszka with the whole community and the children. The building work starts now and will also involve the men and women of the village.

 

The architects’ sketch is here. Note the sailing theme. The village is only a few kilometers walk from the sea. Reclaimed car tyres make an imaginary bus – like the minivans which connect Mbollet-Ba to its nearest town. There is an online fundraising page for the costs of the construction and tools/materials at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/construction-for-play-playround-for-mbollet-ba

 

Play Space at Mbollet-Ma