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Computer Training Centre
& Digital Studio

Grade 1 and 2 Kids from St Therese's Lower Basic School at the Reading Lab, Jokolabs at our Centre



  1. Mr Poncelet O. Ileleji (Co-ordinator - YMCA Computer Training Centre & Digital Studio)
  2. Anet Anna Sambou - Admin / Finance Manager
  3. Kebba Gassama- Digital Studio Manager
  4. Therese Mam Kangu Keita - Project Manager
  5. Oumie Kujabi - Lecturer II
  6. Abubacarr Tambadou - Lecturer II
  7. Alieu Badara Njie - Programmer
  8. Baboucarr Ceesay - Assistant Project Manager
  9. Jainaba Mbye - Marketing
  10. Ahmad Ceesay - Researcher
  11. Shy Boy Productions - Sound Engineering
  12. Bintu Marie Kuutti - Intern
  13. Marie Antoinette Keita - Intern
  14. Fatou A Senghore - Intern
  15. Jariatou Jallow - Intern

International Volunteer Vacancies:

Are you interested in volunteering abroad improving the skills of young people through ICT? We offer opportunities in ICT for Education, ICT for Development, Training Digital Media advocacy etc, if so please please contact the Coordinator of the Gambia YMCAs computer training centre on pileleji@ymca.gm for further information.

Note: - Do not hestiate to contact us for full time or part time courses or customised training we offer. Forms are available, we run all our part -time and customised courses 12 months of the year.

Improving and Contributing to the rapid development of Information Communication and Technology in The Gambia.

Reading Lab Project At Jokkolabs Banjul

The main reason for starting the reading lab project with focus on schools within the greater Banjul area was based on the learning assessments using the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) or the West African Examination Council (WAEC) revealed poor learning out-comes. Hence there is strong demand to improve learning outcome, this has been necessitated by the continuously poor outcomes in English and Mathematics examinations, mainly affecting public schools, stepping from their inability to communicate and speaking and writing with the English Language. At the Lower Basic Schools (Primary) level a lot of kids, because of high enrolment are on able to read properly or write at grade 1 and 2 hence prompting learning difficulties as they move to higher grades which affect them adversely in their overall learning outcomes especially as the English Language is the official language of teaching in the Gambia. More details on Gambia educational program can be found http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EDUCATION/Resources/Blimpo-Evans_WSD-2012-01-12.pdf

Brief History

The YMCA Computer Training Centre has come a long way since it's inception in 1995. Thanks must be given to The British Volunteer organisation (VSO) who provided initial technical staff and five computers to start the centre.

The main purpose at the start of the centre was to train youths mainly girls in the Vocational Training Centre on Computer Literacy proficiency in Application software.

However with the Gambia fast development in the ICT world, the centre now offers courses, after school programs for youths covering all aspects of ICT on a full - time basis and part - time basis for youths, employees of various organisation etc.

The centre continues to forge partnerships with numerous organisations to carry out advocacy programs on ICT centering on content generation, use of online platforms for collaborative projects and Internet Governance for Development. The centre also continues to champion ICT development in YMCAs within the West African region.

The centre carries out not only customised training, but is highly involved in research and various aspects of ICT development covering the following areas.

  • ICT For Development
  • Internet Governance
  • Communication as a Catayst for Development
  • Youth Entrepreneurship and ICT
  • Digital Media for Advocacy

At present The YMCA Computer training Centre and Digital Studio has become a leader in The Gambia in offering ICT classes, consultancy, research on ICT and customised ICT Training and A DIGITAL STUDIO Please check out the Digital Studio link to see what the Digital Studio has to Offer. A Total of over 1000 trainees both Full Time, Part - Time and On - Site undergo various kinds of training directly or indirectly yearly at the centre.

The Computer Training Centre and Digital Studio is equipped with the latest training resources from Hardware to Software. Apart From local acquired Diploma's and customised certificate courses, the centre runs courses certificates and diploma courses up to an advanced level in ICT also offering courses in web development, TOEFL IBT Tutorial Training, Desktop Publishing to Programming etc. We an accrediated centre for the Oxford Cambridge and RSA examinations (www.ocr.org.uk) and accrediated training centre by the National Training Authority, The Gambia.

Young pupils learning about web blogging on the "We We Want" Program - December 2013

To see the Courses, Duration and Fees Click Here

If you are interested in any of the following courses; customised training, research on ICT / online collaborative projects for youths and Internet Governance related projects or you need to make an enquiry please feel free to contact us at:

The Coordinator
The Gambia YMCAs Computer Training Centre and Digital Studio
MDI Road, Kanifing South
P.O. Box 421
Banjul, The Gambia
Tel: (220) 4370240 Fax: (220) 4390793
Or Email Us

Contact The Gambia YMCA:
Mr. John Charles Njie
National General Secretary
The Gambia YMCAs
Kanifing South, MDI Road
P. O. Box 421
Banjul, The Gambia
West Africa
(220) 4392647,
(220) 4390625
(220) 4390793
Email: ymca@ymca.gm