Gunjur Upper Basic School, under the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, was built in 1962. It is among the oldest and largest upper basic schools in the West Coast Region II Directorate of the ministry. It is a category III school with a campus size of about 650 m2 and a student population of 1,041: 528 boys and 513 girls in the academic year 2011/12. The teaching staff numbers 37: 30 male and 7 female.

There is a mismatch between the limited facilities to accommodate the pupils compared to the high demand from satellite villages: Madina Salam, Berinding, Sambuya, Janneh, Sandally, Kimkujany.

Consequently, the school operates on double shift i.e. some students come in the morning shift from 8:20 am to 1:45 pm, while the afternoon shift students is operated from 1:50 to 6:00 pm.

The following subjects are taught: English, mathematics, general science, Social and environmental sciences (SES), agricultural science, French, Islamic religious studies, Christian religious studies, wood works, metal works, technical drawings and physical education.

The study of ecology and ecosystem, biodiversity, the preservation and conservation of the flora and fauna, environmental sanitation, fishing and fish processing, sustainable management of environmental resources are addressed in the syllabus of such subjects as general sciences, social and environmental sciences, and agricultural science.


Students are enthusiastic and well committed to field works, surveys, research, outreach interaction though interviews, quiz, symposia, etc. which translates into interesting and enlightening learning results.

Mr Souley Jobbe, lead teacher for the EAF-Nansen/ Mundus maris pilot project, highlights that communication poses a tremendous constraint to work and progress, since the school lacks access to electricity and computers. They are obliged to go to an IT business centre far from the school which uses generators. He is confident that computers with solar panels and digital cameras etc would ease the burden of communication and further raise the interest of both the students and the teachers.

Mr Souley Jobbe says: ”We are resolute to working hard with students and teachers to formulate user friendly policies that would enhance the sustainable use and management of our vegetation, marine and other environmental resources….”.

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