Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center

Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center

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Ambassador Cromer wrapped up her public engagements in the Lower River Region with visits to the Peace Corps Training Center in Kiang Massembeh, Balal Public Library, in Soma- a U.S. Embassy supported program and an interview with Mandela Washington Fellowship alumnus Alhasan Bah of Soma FM 88.8. At the Peace Corps Training Center in Kiang Massembeh, the Director of Operations and Management, Peace Corps The Gambia Nafisah Hankins took Ambassador Cromer on a conducted tour of the Facility, where she met staff at the center. The Peace Corps is welcoming back volunteers on June 6 after a two-year break due to COVID-19. At Balal Public Library, the Ambassador participated in a group discussion with students, during which she underlined the United State Government's commitment to the next generation of Gambians.
Read how our grants have impacted the Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center in Soma. Balal Public Library was founded by Alhasan Bah, a Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni.

Balal Public Library has received multiple grants the most recent being to train students on how to write a business plan, craft and pitch an idea, use social media platforms like What’s App, Facebook and Instagram to sell their products or ideas.

The deadline to apply for the PAS Annual Program Statement is April 15. Apply now at https://gm.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grants/
Amadou A. Bah Badara Pullo Edrissa Drammeh Muhammed MS's Bah
The Youth Talent Show 5th Edition Application is out. We have our members in your schools if you want to take part or send us a message on our facebook handles.

IF YOU ALSO WANT TO BE A SPONSOR you can send us a mesaage on Soma Gambia message.

Organizers Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center Association of Working Children and Youth of Soma
It is just a matter hours before we decent on trash on #WorldCleanUpDay2019 in The Gambia. And joining us are:

▪️ UNDP-The Gambia
▪️ Household Disaster Resilience Project - Help
▪️ National Youth Council - The Gambia
▪️ State of Mic
▪️ UK in The Gambia
▪️ Brikama Area Council -BAC".
▪️ Kanifing Municipal Council
▪️ Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center

And other youth organizations, young people, CSOs across The Gambia.

#LetsDoItGM
#HELPGambia
#LetsDoItAfrica
#LetsDoItWorld
Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership partners - our first 2019 face-to-face meeting. We met in Kololi Beach, The Gambia -- Africa's Smiling Coast.

Front, left to right:

Ebrima Jallow, Bakindik Youth Development Association - BYDA

Lala Touray, Kids Community Library

Modou Lamin Colley, Kubuneh cultural museum

Wayne Young, Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership

Back, left to right:

Fatoumatta Sanyang, Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center

Buba Camara, Baobab Youth Development Association

Jerreh BA Tamba, Kubuneh cultural museum

Jabel Ceesay, Baobab Youth Development Association

Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership
Creating Connections Since 2002
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The Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership is a proud supporter of the Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo.
Social Media a Challenge in The Gambia

Balal Public Library is a community initiative that aims to promote Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Mentor, Career Counseling and STEM among students to help them find solutions for real life issues their community face.

Balal Public Library is the first public library in Soma which provides safe space for less privilege children to interact and learn basic skills to solve real life issues to meet the challenges face in a fast changing world. At the library children are challenge to think critically to find solutions to some of the issues their communities face. In the previous years, we have expanded to include s

Operating as usual

Photos from Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center's post 07/06/2022

OTD: This is Kim Lam the Peace Corps The Gambia volunteer who mobilized the funding and resources for our library to be in existence.

The photos below were taken in early 2013 at the Soma Community Radio.

03/06/2022

It is always difficult to narrate a captivating story. Especially your own story to a group of people.

In the pass years, we were able to do exactly that. We were able to prepare students to learn the arts of story telling and public speaking.

This month we will be training 20 students on how to tell a captivating story in public.

This is part of preparation to welcome an American Reciprocal Exchange Fellow in July for the biggest student raining in Soma on basic ICT training.

U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

01/06/2022

In our quest to keep girls in school is beyond just asking parents to allow their daughters to come to school but we should also provide some of the resources and enabling environment for girls to want to come to school because there is support and help available.

Photos from Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center's post 31/05/2022

Awa Darboe handing our girls a package of pads as part of our campaign on initiative.

This is part of the campaign to raise awareness and debunked myths about menstrual hygiene.
Girls' Pride

U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia

Photos from Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center's post 30/05/2022

Part of the day marking the each girl planted a tree 🌲 at the school for a bag pack.

Photos from Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center's post 30/05/2022

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022.

To mark the Menstrual Hygiene Day to raise awareness on we partnered with Girls' Pride to educate our girls at Soma New Lower Basic School on menstrual hygiene and how to properly use pads.

Awa Darboe a member of Girls' Pride explain the menstrual cycle and how to clean a pad and keeping them safe.

Each student was also handed a bag pack with three pads in.

Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center updated their phone number. 21/05/2022

Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center updated their phone number.

Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center updated their phone number.

Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center updated their info in the about section. 21/05/2022

Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center updated their info in the about section.

Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center updated their info in the about section.

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🗣️"when I did really well in school, my parents wanted to give me a present . The best present I could ever receive was a book 📚 because I love to read. And reading gave me an opportunity to learn about the world, learn about other children, other people's experience outside of my small community (Washington DC). Am sure if you reading you learn about other people and their experience. This will give you inspirations to explore the world.

U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia Ambassador Sharon Cromer

20/05/2022

US Ambassador Sharon Cromer speak to pupils during her visit.

Ambassador Sharon Cromer answers three questions our children asked during her visit in Soma.

1. How did you become an American Ambassador?
2. Why is protecting our planet important
3. What do you do as an Ambassador?

Click to watch.

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📷 During the visit of the United States Ambassador Sharon Cromer.

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🥳 📖 Reading activated......

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This is the best times at our library.

The visit of the United States Ambassador to the Gambia Sharon Cromer to our library was marked with joy and mix emotions.

The children read story books and asked questions to the Ambassador.

"How did you become and Ambassador"?
Fatoumatta Samusa.

"Why is the planet important to us (human)"?
Mariama Conteh.

Muhammed Lamin Jabbie and Kumba Trawally recited poems.

The Ambassador shared powerful life stories that will live to inspire us all.

U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

06/05/2022

Every 28th May, the world observe Menstrual Hygiene Day to raise awareness about menstruation to help clear misconceptions about menstruation.

This year we are partnering with Girls' Pride to mobilise pads to distribute to school girls in the Gambia.

The drive is to provide girls with trees🌲to plant in exchange for a pack of pads.

We want you to join by donating a tree for the campaign.

U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia Green-Up Gambia Gambia Ocean Heroes Youth Alliance for Environment- YAE

29/04/2022

We are so excited to inform our members and partners the new U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia Ambassador Sharon Cromer will be visiting us next month in Soma.

Our children will read books and ask the Ambassador questions too.

They will also listen to the Ambassador read for them.

We cannot wait to host you at our new shared space.

23/04/2022

Young people demand urgent climate action

When we say we create leaders to lead now, this is our prove. Dawda started all here.

Thank you Dawda.

15/04/2022

Good News: We have strike a new partnership with a new space to relocate our library.

Soon we will invite book lovers and young people who want to learn innovative skills to come join us.

More coming soon. Watch out this space.

15/04/2022

🚨Alert for Funding Opportunity.

As an organisation it is important to get financial funding more especially grants to finance your projects and initiatives to make an impact in your community or country.

Do you know the U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia has announced the PAS annual grant that you can apply ?

Check the link below on how to apply https://gm.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grants/.

In our previous years we had limited funding to expand our activities. Today with grants of the PAS we were able to expand our activities to more students and schools from across the country. The finding opportunity also has help us sustain our organisation and gain recognition and partnership with other organisations.

Remember the grants are not loans.

It's worth taking some of your time to apply.

15/03/2022

Thank you for following us throughout this year.

07/03/2022

This week our founder and coordinator participated in the first zoom call of the Fellowship Alumni Network Study as Network Partner to learn and
Sharing ideas and feedback on Consortium online platform with other global organizations.

The Fellowship Alumni Network Study (FANS) is a shared learning research on how fellowship programs can help it's alumni to make more meaning impact in their community and countries after the fellowship.

As a Network Partner we will be helping in shaping the research in finding meaningful solutions to improve the lives of alumni.

The first session was exciting to learn from incredible organisations around the world. More updates will be coming.

27/02/2022

🚨Alert for Funding Opportunity.

As an organisation it is important to get financial funding more especially grants to finance your projects and initiatives to make an impact in your community or country.

Do you know the U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia has announced the PAS annual grant that you can apply ?

Check the link below on how to apply https://gm.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grants/.

In our previous years we had limited funding to expand our activities. Today with grants of the PAS we were able to expand our activities to more students and schools from across the country. The finding opportunity also has help us sustain our organisation and gain recognition and partnership with other organisations.

Remember the grants are not loans.

It's worth taking some of your time to apply.

24/02/2022

Despite the presence of many tertiary learning institutions in the Gambia, we have found out that many students in rural areas have not either heard about them or learn how to get admission to this places.

During our past training, we found out that almost all the students from rural areas only knows not less than three higher institutions in the country.

To bridge the gap we invited some students currently attending this institutions to talk to this students and share application tips with them.

Photos from Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center's post 14/02/2022

Is always hard to say Goodbye to one of your best ally.

U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia Ambassador Richard Carl Paschall was a great ally to our library programs.

He did not only stop by supporting our programs but also meet our beautiful students during his visit last year.

Today, we join the entire Embassy and staff to bid him farewell as he complete his tenure as Ambassador in the Gambia.

Ambassador Paschall is one of the finest diplomat we have ever known.

Thank you for your support and encouragement towards us during your stay.

We wish you all the best in Washington DC 💞

03/02/2022

Our boys

Modou Lamin Bah Is the founder of Ambo studio, a multimedia startup company that is operating in Brikama. Ambo Studio is the first and only studio in Brikama that offers quality photography, videography, and graphic designing to Artists, startup businesses, and individuals particularly in the west coast Region and Rural Gambia.

Photos from Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center's post 14/01/2022

Part of our objective to build a more inclusive world for both males and females.

We had in our midst three gender advocates and activist who spoke on how students can support each other to end bullying, harassment and GBV at school.

Kaddy K Saidy an outspoken gender activist, teacher, YALI fellow and currently pursuing a degree at the UTG share critical stories some students experience in schools and why is it important to listen to them and support them.

Kaddy Bah a feminist and student at the UTG spoke about the power in self awareness and how should women not allow men silence them. She further explained how an educated woman can be powerful and independent in society.

Awa J Bah a senior school teacher and youth leader in her district shared the power in speaking out when something happen. She said, speaking out can help protect girls who are abused in our society.

The ignite talk we part of our evening events to remind our participants the power of building allyship.

Funded by the U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia

13/01/2022

The history made yesterday will echo in the hearts and minds of many football lovers in the Gambia.

This win will inspire many Gambian children who love sports that nothing is impossible if you believe in your dream.

Congratulations 🦂

Photos from Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center's post 11/01/2022

Do you know?

Our biggest aim is to unveil opportunities available in the country to young people throughout the country.

Kaddy K Saidy and Antou Joof are both YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa alumni who shared how they made it to the fellowship program in Ghana in 2018.

The participants also learnt how to apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship program.
U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia

07/01/2022

The U.S. Embassy Banjul, The Gambia is our biggest single grantor.

For the past two years we have received more than $20,000.00 funding from the Embassy to conduct COVID-19 community and radio awareness campaign, student leadership programs, regional dialogue to strengthen peace and the second national student leadership training.

Thank you 💞 U.S. Embassy Banjul.

07/01/2022

DO YOU KNOW?

COVID-19 is still around and continue to infect people.

Don't forget to put on your face mask in public spaces or give a distance to avoid getting infected.

The Omicron variant is fast spreading globally.

Photos from Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center's post 06/01/2022

After learning basic ways of writing a business plan each group presented their group work for further discussion on areas their work plan need improvement and areas they did well.

Photos from Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center's post 03/01/2022

Wow! This is the best outdoor activity that our participants enjoyed with Dawda.

The Amazing Race is a simple game that teaches honesty, leadership and resilience.

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There was no better way to end 2021 than prepare young people to know the challenges ahead of them after senior school.

On the 30th December, 2021 to 2nd January, 2022 we brought 8 senior schools across the country to teach the students how to write a business plan, organise community activism, learn to apply UTG, apply YALI program, learn how to be an online freelancer and the power of story telling.

We are super proud of our facilitators, teacher coordinators, organising committee and student participants for this great session.

Photos from Balal Public Library, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center's post 02/01/2022

Participants writing a sample business plan as part of the activities of the seminar.

Teacher coordinator and guiding them throughout the activity.

Our Story

Balal Public Library Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Education Center, was formed in January, 2011, as a public library operating in The Gambia. It is open to all without distinction of race, gender, origin and religion. It is aimed at advocating and creating awareness on issues affecting societies. Balal Public Library also creates platform for discussing some of the negative issues affecting societies and create awareness of those negative consequences.

Education, as the backbone of the organization, helps the initiative on awareness creation, through educational support activities and skills development. This is also embedded into our strategic document; thereby encouraging self-employment opportunities, to minimize illegal migration.

ICTs are a proven and effective tool to promote social and human development in many communities and remote regions. It’s also a means of communication with members of the community that have left in search of a better life in the cities or even in other countries. These technologies can be used in diverse ways to promote culture, access information, promote the protection of their rights, start educational processes, and even make them more careful with their way of life and their environment.

Over the past decade, there has been a growing understanding that these technologies can be powerful instruments for advancing economic and social development through the creation of new types of economic activity, employment opportunities, improvements in health-care delivery and other services, and the enhancement of networking, participation and advocacy within society. ICT also have the potential to improve interaction between societies fostering transparency and accountability in communities, civil society organization governance just to name a few. This is why Balal Public Library is ready to take a lead in the rural center to promote access to such facilities and lobby for the rural communities to make them available and improve the quality of service of existing ones.

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